Robert Mueller disputes Trump's claim that he applied and interviewed for the job of FBI director and was 'turned down'
The US president has called the former special counsel conflicted on many occasion, alleging that he turned down his wish to be the FBI chief
WASHINGTON: Former special counsel Robert Mueller is disputing President Donald Trump's claim that Mueller was rebuffed in a bid to fill the post of FBI director.
Facing questions from congressional lawmakers, Mueller said he spoke with Trump about the FBI job before he was named as special counsel, but "not as a candidate."
Then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has said that while the White House invited Mueller to speak to the president about the FBI and thought about asking him to become director again, Mueller did not come in looking for a job.
Trump tweeted Wednesday that there are "numerous witnesses," including Vice President Mike Pence, who could say that Mueller applied and interviewed for the job and was "turned down" for it.
Pence spokesperson Alyssa Farah told the Associated Press that the vice president "was present in the Oval Office when Robert Mueller interviewed for the job of FBI Director in May of 2017."
Mueller is testifying before Congress for the first time on his Trump-Russia investigation.