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Now Playing “We have a very, very small group of people who were involved in that,” he said, referring to the investigation.
“That’s why it’s hard for me to get to that point where I’m comfortable with saying that I’m innocent.”
Trump on Wednesday fired FBI Director James Comey.
He had previously dismissed the investigation as a “witch hunt” and suggested that Comey’s firing was a result of the probe into possible ties between Trump associates and Russian government officials.
Trump had previously said that he would not accept the outcome of the FBI investigation, but later said he would accept a report from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which cleared Comey of any wrongdoing.
The president has repeatedly dismissed the FBI probe, saying it was “a witch hunt” by Democrats and Democrats only.
“They have no evidence, there is no collusion,” Trump said Wednesday, according to CNN.
“It’s a phony thing.
It’s a hoax.”
The investigation was launched by Mueller, a former FBI director, in July on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney Gen. Rod Rosenstein in a letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
The former FBI chief said he was investigating whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 election and whether any of the Trump associates colluded.
Comey was appointed special counsel in May and is leading the probe.
He testified before Congress Thursday, and called Trump’s accusations a “smear.”
“We’re not talking about a president,” Comey said.
“We are not talking … about a member of the president’s political party.
We’re talking about individuals within the United States government.”
Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that he was “surprised” by Trump’s claims about the investigation and his firing.
“I think he was very unprofessional in his response,” Mueller said.
The investigation into Trump’s associates is one of the most high-profile in modern US history.
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia and his lawyers have told lawmakers they plan to appeal any decision by Mueller to fire him.