"The story on that very simply, No. 1, I was never going to fire Mueller", Trump said. He added McGahn was probably trying "to make himself look like a good lawyer" and might have thought he would actually fire Mueller.
The Mueller report shows no obstruction of justice, and the obstruction it shows is fake, and Congress can't hear from a person who testified about obstruction. He also said he wouldn't necessarily tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation about such outreach.
President Trump is dismissing Don McGahn's interview with Robert Mueller as evidence of obstruction during the Russian Federation probe. His claims have been disputed by multiple people familiar with his interactions with Mueller. "But nobody is going to say bad things to me".
The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to McGahn, but so far he has declined to appear before the panel, citing a White House legal opinion that close presidential advisers can not be compelled to testify. He instead submitted written answers to questions about possible coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.
The president went on to say he chose to opt out of an interview with Mueller's investigators after realizing they were "looking to get him" and his staff for "lies or slight misstatements".
Stephanopoulos continued, asking Trump why he wouldn't answer the questions to Mueller under oath if he's answering them now, Trump snapped, "George, you're being a little wise guy, okay, which is typical for you". "You couldn't have that happen with our country, and everybody understands that". Very simple. It's very simple. Now, there's no collusion.
"I think I'd take it".
In segment released Friday from the president's interview earlier this week, Trump told ABC that "it doesn't matter" what former White House counsel Don McGahn told investigators and that McGahn may have been confused when he told prosecutors he had been instructed to seek Mueller's removal.