President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew York activists go on hunger strike to advocate for ending solitary confinement Sanders says he would inform FBI about offers of foreign intel Sanders says he would inform FBI about offers of foreign intel MOREis disputingformer White House counsel Don McGahn's account in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report into whether the president obstructed justice during the course of the probe into Russian election interference.
McGahn testified toMueller that Trump instructed him multiple times to have the acting attorney general remove the special counsel because of perceived conflicts of interest.
"The story on that very simply, No. 1, I was never going to fire Mueller. I never suggested firing Mueller," Trump told ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Trump hit with fierce backlash over interference remarks Trump hit with fierce backlash over interference remarks MORE ina snippet of an interview released Friday.
Stephanopoulos pushed back, referencing McGahn's testimony.
"I don't care what [McGahn] says, it doesn't matter," Trump responded.
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Last month,McGahn announced he would follow the White House's urging and defy a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to testify publicly about that conversation with Trump.
Later in the interview,Stephanopoulos asked Trump why McGahn would lie under oath.
"Because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer," Trump responded. "Or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen, including you, including the media, that Robert Mueller was conflicted. Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest."
"And has to go?" Stephanopoulos followed up.
"I didn't say that," Trump said.
Mueller found that he could not establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. He did not make a determination on obstruction of justice instead leaving it up to Congress to further investigate the matter while citing 10 instances of potential obstruction.
The attorney general and deputy attorney general determined there was not sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction.