President Donald Trump repeated his contention that there wasn't any collusion with Russian Federation, but he declined to say whether he would agree to a possible interview request from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian Federation meddling in last year's election.
As has become routine, Trump fervently denied Wednesday that any collusion took place and described such a suggestion as "a phony cloud" that has hung "over this administration and our government". And it has hurt our government.
Four former Trump campaign members have already been charged in connection with Mr Mueller's probe, though none of the charges specifically mentioned collusion.
Referencing an article in the Washington Post this week suggesting that Mueller would likely seek to question Trump in the coming weeks, Fox News' John Roberts asked the president Wednesday if he would be open to meeting with the special counsel and, if so, whether he would set conditions for the interview.
"We'll see what happens", Mr. Trump said, arguing that if there is no evidence of collusion, "it seems unlikely that you would even have an interview".
Mueller's investigation, as well as several House and Senate probes into Russia's election meddling, are still ongoing and have yielded no conclusive results.
"It's a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election that, frankly, the Democrats should have won because they have such a tremendous advantage in the Electoral College", he said.
"It has been determined that there is no collusion by virtually everybody".
While it's unclear who he was referring to, congressional Democrats have repeatedly raised concerns about Trump and his associates' behavior.
"There has been no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians or Trump and Russians", Trump said during a press conference Wednesday at the White House.
"I think that it's up to every political system in countries to scrutinize and discuss their own political agenda in their countries".
"But again I'll speak to attorneys - I can only say this, there was absolutely no collusion".