Donald Trump 'Won't be Involved' in Special Counsel's Russia Probe

Associated Press
President Donald Trump called on Nigeria and other African countries Monday to endorse the US-Canada-Mexico joint bid for the World Cup in 2026, tying it to US support for them.

Washington: President Donald Trump said he "won't be involved" in the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling today, but added he may change his mind.

Trump said in a phone interview on Thursday with "Fox & Friends" that special counsel Robert Mueller's probe "is a disgrace."

Trump criticised federal agents for exercising search warrants on his lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department. But because of the fact that it's going on, and I think you'll understand this, I have decided that I won't be involved," Trump said.

"I may change my mind at some point, because what's going on is a disgrace."

Trump's come as the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote today on a bill to protect Mueller's job.

Cohen's under federal criminal investigation in New York for unspecified business dealings. Manafort is charged with allegedly engaging in conspiracy and money laundering.

Trump again branded the Russia probe a "witch hunt" and repeated that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russia.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote today on a bill to protect Mueller's job. Two Republicans and two Democrats introduced the bill earlier this month. Mueller is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president.

The measure under consideration would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of his or her firing and would put into law existing Justice Department regulations that a special counsel must be fired for good cause. A handful of Republicans have supported it, but most have opposed it, arguing that it is unconstitutional or unnecessary.