Hours after his lead lawyer quit, President Trump says he still 'would like to' be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller for Russia probe

Key Points
  • President Donald Trump said "I would like to" when asked whether he still wants to testify in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading that probe, which also is eyeing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  • Trump, who denies any collusion, saw his lead lawyer for the probe, John Dowd, resign from his legal team Thursday.
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Hours after his lead attorney in the Russia probe quit, President Donald Trump said Thursday he still wants to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"Yes, I would like to. I would like to," Trump told reporters at the White House after being asked whether he still is interested in testifying for the special counsel.

Earlier Thursday, John Dowd, the lead lawyer in the probe, quit the president's legal team.

Among other things, Dowd reportedly disagreed with Trump over potentially submitting to an interview with Mueller's team. On Tuesday, Dowd pushed back against the notion that the president was on the verge of shaking up his legal team.

Over the weekend, Dowd called for the special counsel's probe to end, and Trump criticized Mueller by name on Twitter for the first time.

In addition to probing Russian meddling in the election, Mueller is investigating whether associates of Trump colluded with Russians during the campaign.

Trump has repeatedly and angrily denied any such collusion occurred.

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