WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he discussed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an extended phone call on Friday. Trump says Putin described the Russia probe as “something to the effect that it started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse.”
He says Putin “knew there was no collusion whatsoever.”
During a brief Oval Office session with reporters Friday, Trump was asked if he warned Putin not to meddle in the 2020 elections and he said, “we didn’t discuss that.”
On the question of whether Mueller should testify before Congress, Trump deferred to Attorney General William Barr, saying, “I don’t know. That’s up to the attorney general, who I think has done a fantastic job.”
It’s possible that Barr could block Mueller’s testimony, since Mueller is still a Justice Department employee, although Barr has repeatedly said he has no objection to Mueller testifying.