The president of the United States of America defended his decision to go on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview that aired Thursday morning.
“You don’t talk to me about something that you don’t understand,” Trump said of the MSNBC report that suggested his administration is withholding key documents related to the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, but I know what the investigation is all about,” Trump told “Morning Jolt” host Joe Scarborough.
“We have a special prosecutor, we have a very, very special prosecutor.
And that special prosecutor has the full power and authority to do everything that he or she sees fit, to look into anything that she sees, to investigate anybody, including me, including myself.
And I mean, it’s ridiculous.
I mean that’s just ridiculous.”
Scarborough also asked Trump about the Russia investigation, saying, “You’ve had so many investigations, you’ve had a lot of leaks.
Do you believe that Russia is trying to influence the election in any way?
Do you think they’re trying to hurt you?”
Trump responded that he did not believe the investigation was being led by anyone.
“What I have to say to you is that we have an independent investigation into the situation that’s happening right now, and that it’s being led very, really well,” he said.
“It’s being handled very, you know, very, well by a very great team.”
Trump said that if he thought the investigation wasn’t going well, he would have to resign.
“If I thought it was not going well and I was going to have to go to the special prosecutor and resign, that would be something I would have had to do,” he added.
“But I don’t think it’s going well.”
The interview with Scarborough came a day after former President Trump suggested that former FBI Director James Comey, a key member of the investigation, might have been leaking information to the press.
“When he came to the table, I said to him, ‘We’re going to need to talk to you about that,'” Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“And he said, ‘I will tell you what, I’m not going to talk about it.
I can’t talk about the investigation.'”
In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said, “James Comey, the man who told me the FBI Director was not under investigation, is now saying that I should fire him.
Comey was the man in charge of the FBI for 18 years, and now he says that he should go.
That is obstruction of justice.
If he did this to help his political career, he should be ashamed of himself!”
Trump also tweeted, “Comey’s statement yesterday was a complete and total lie.
No collusion, no collusion, zero, not one word!”
Scarborough asked, “Did you tell the FBI director to stay silent?”
“No, I didn’t tell him that,” Trump responded.
“He didn’t ask me that.
He said that he was not interested in talking to me.”
Scarborough pressed, “So you told him to shut up, but then you changed your tune.”
Trump responded, “No.”
Scarborough then asked, when Trump had asked Comey to shut the door on him, “Do you know why he didn’t do it?
Do we have any idea why?”
Trump replied, “Because I don, you have to understand that he’s not a liar.
And what he did was very,very honorable.
He told me what he had to tell the American people.
He did it.
He was very honest with the American citizens.
And it’s a fact.”
Trump has denied leaking information about the FBI to the media.