Donald Trump’s lawyer appeared to backtrack on the US President’s claim that he would be willing to be interviewed ‘under oath’ by Robert Mueller – who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Ty Cobb said Mr Trump ‘spoke hurriedly’ and only intended to say that he would be willing to meet with special counsel.
The US leader had earlier appeared to end months of speculation about whether he would submit to questioning from Mr Mueller as part of the probe that he has repeatedly called a ‘witch hunt’.
‘I’m looking forward to it actually’ he told reporters at the White House.
‘I would do it under oath’.
He added that he would like ‘to do it as soon as possible’.
Mr Cobb – the White House lawyer leading the response to the investigation – later insisted that Mr Trump had been speaking ‘hurriedly’..