NEW YORK — Donald Trump said the White, House is in crisis mode and said he is “not comfortable” with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Trump, who had said he would consider pardons for former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, said Friday that the FBI is not investigating the investigation and said that he was “not going to confirm or deny anything.”
“We are in crisis.
We have a president who has said he’s not going to answer questions.
We know that,” Trump said.
“We have a special counsel.
We’re in crisis.”
Trump also said he doesn’t know the circumstances of the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was also interviewed by the special counsel investigating Russia’s election interference.
Kushner met with the special commission during a closed-door meeting in January.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday in an email that Kushner met with special counsel Robert Mueller in early December, but that it was not a formal interview and the two had a friendly exchange.
“It is not the first time that Jared Kushner has met with Special Counsel Mueller,” Sanders said.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Axios about the meeting.
Former FBI Director James Comey also testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that Trump fired him and then suggested Trump had done so to stop him from doing his job.
Comey told senators he did not believe Trump fired Comey because he was fired for lying to the public and for not telling the truth about a conversation with Trump.
Comey testified that he felt pressured to fire Comey because Trump had fired him from his own Justice Department.