Yet his comments about directing the DOJ and Mueller being "fair" begs the question that if Trump comes to believe Mueller is being unfair to him will he exert his "absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department" and Mueller's probe?
Painter also maintained Trump was "not above the law" and did not have the ability to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is presently conducting an investigation into claims of collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
"I think it is disgusting and offensive that my former colleagues and Fox News and everybody is maligning Robert Mueller, but they're not doing that, Ana, if the president didn't want them to", Walsh said to host Ana Cabrera.
"It makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position", Mr Trump said of the investigation. "But for the purposes of hopefully thinking I'm going to be treated fairly, I've stayed uninvolved with this particular matter". His words are all the more striking since the Trump administration has accused Mueller of being biased against the Republican president.
Several Republicans, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, have called for the removal of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - a move Democrats have argued is an effort to undermine Mueller as his investigation ramps up and to give Trump cover should he try to remove Mueller, a step the White House insists is not on the table.
Trump's tone on the Russian Federation investigation was noticeably different from that of his right-leaning allies inside and outside of the U.S. government, who have for weeks railed against Mueller, his prosecutors, the FBI, and the nation's top law-enforcement officials - ostensibly in an effort to discredit the Russian Federation probe.
Trump's lawyers said they expected Mueller to wrap up the probe by the end of 2017, but Mueller himself has demurred from saying exactly how long it will take. I've seen him a number of times. "My base is strong than it's ever been", he continued. There are plenty of indications that Trump's fan base is abandoning him, probably a result of him being under investigation. "There are laws, and he has been sworn to uphold the law and the Constitution of the United States", Painter said.
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