"I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department", Trump said.
The president's comments come amid increased scrutiny of Mueller's investigation from Republicans who are concerned about anti-Trump bias.
Trump told The Times that he did not intend to fire Mueller, whom he expected would treat him "fairly". "I have no expectations and I can only tell you there is absolutely not collusion", Trump added.
"There is no collusion".
The Mueller investigation "makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position", Trump said. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whole thing is. "So, I think it's been proven that there is no collusion".
Mueller's team is trying to determine if members of the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, who worked together on the digital arm of Trump's campaign, provided assistance to Russian trolls attempting to influence voters.
But the president sidestepped a question as to whether he would order the Justice Department to reopen an investigation into Clinton's use of the private email server. Also, the Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director, who is not even on Mueller's team, has a wife who ran for a state legislative seat in 2015 with financial support from a friend of the Clintons, after the deputy director (who was not then deputy director) disclosed and cleared this internally at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The official, Bruce Ohr, was recently reassigned.
A majority of Americans said they disapprove of Trump's handling of the same investigation, while just a third said they approve - a result that has held fairly steady over the last five months of CNN surveys.
Another Florida congressman, Rep. Matt Gaetz, has alleged that Mueller and his team are staging a "coup d'etat" against Trump. "I mean, the president said that this Russian investigation makes the United States look bad".
For months, the House Intelligence Committee has been probing this question.
The reasons given for Starr's reset are wholly specious: There is ostensibly a "drumbeat of criticism" aimed at special counsel Robert S. Mueller III which "has become deafening", including "cascading revelations of anti-Trump bias".
Trump continues to be emphatic in his denials as Mueller's investigation creeps closer and closer to his inner circle. "This could be WORSE than Watergate!"