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.
Though the White House on Wednesday evening called for the House to vote to reauthorize the law and touted its "useful role" in national security, Trump the next morning suggested he wants it ended.
"It came as the president's advisers have been discussing whether Mr. Trump should submit to what would be an extraordinary but not unprecedented instance of a president being interviewed by a prosecutor investigating him for wrongdoing".
A recent hire for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe could shed some light on where the investigation is going.
Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as well as former adviser and longtime Manafort associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to register as foreign agents, and conspiracy against the US.
The assessment from the committee's top Democrat underscores the partisan impasse that has plagued the House investigation, with Nunes and House Republicans now focusing on investigating allegations of improper FBI conduct during the 2016 elections and over its Russia probe - while Democrats demand a deeper dive into whether there was any Trump campaign collusion with the Russians.
Facing a rightwing backlash over his apparent willingness to accept a path to citizenship for Dreamers, Trump denied if he might sign an immigration deal that does not include funding for a border wall.
Pence was involved in the controversy past year with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who left his post in the White House after it was revealed he misled Pence regarding his conversations with Russia's ambassador.
As the NYT notes: "That answer was a marked change from June, when Mr. Trump defended his firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, denying that it was related to his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, and said he would be '100 percent' willing to give a sworn statement to Mr. Mueller".
"And, you know, you can talk all you want about Russian Federation, which was all a - you know, fake news, fabricated deal - to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats and the press plays right into it", said Trump.
Trump asks allies to 'fix' Iran n
Sorting out the myriad sanctions requires "a team of lawyers", said Alex Vatanka of the Middle East Institute in Washington. The new measures concern human-rights abuses and censorship in Iran and the arming of groups throughout the region.
So, of course, it would be to Trump's advantage to avoid an in-person interview, but Wright said he thinks it's extremely unlikely that he'll be able to get away without doing one.
He blamed former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his presidential rival in 2016 elections, saying she "was not for a strong military".
The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with discussion of which charges and legal exposures Trump campaign members could have.
"Look, right now they're talking Olympics", Trump said. He make it sound as if Clinton's interview occurred under suspicious circumstances when in fact it didn't.
Back on February 16, 2017, Trump held his first - and thus far last - formal news conference with the press corps.
Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com, a site that focuses on analyses of mostly political and sports issues, wrote this: "Hillary Clinton would probably be president if FBI Director James Comey had not sent a letter to Congress on October 28".
Comey made that point in the hearing when asked about the lack of oath: "It's still a crime to lie to us". But that's because the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as a matter of policy, generally doesn't record its interviews, not because of preferential treatment toward Clinton. Until this week, Trump has claimed to be "100 percent" willing to sit down and give his side of the story to Mueller.