Vice President Mike Pence said he would sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller if asked.
“I would. I would be more than willing to continue to provide any and all support in that,” Pence said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And we have outside counsel that will advise me accordingly.”
Mueller and his team are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and are probing ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. On Sunday, Pence told interviewer Margaret Brennan that Mueller’s team hasn’t broached the topic of an interview.
“He has not” asked for an interview, Pence said. “Although we’ve provided any and all information, and we’ll continue to do that.”
Mueller has been wrangling with President Donald Trump’s legal team over an interview. Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, said last week the president’s legal team and Mueller’s team remain at odds over the terms of a meeting, namely whether prosecutors could ask questions about obstruction of justice and whether the interview would be in-person, although an agreement for written answers could be in the offing. Trump has also said he’s open to an interview under the right conditions.
And while Trump has publicly disparaged the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” meant to undermine him, Pence said Sunday the investigation isn’t a “focus” for him or the president.
“It’s just not been my focus, and it’s not the president’s focus,” Pence said. “I mean, the reason why we’re making the progress that we’re making all across this country, rebuilding our military, restoring America’s strength in the world, seeing the opportunity for peace emerge on the Korean Peninsula.“