Mueller denies Trump's claim he was a candidate for FBI director

Robert Mueller.
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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his congressional testimony on Wednesday refuted President Trump's claims that he interviewed for the position of FBI director.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) during the testimony questioned Mueller about when "you were talking to [Trump] about the FBI director position," a line of questioning Mueller interrupted.

"Not as a candidate," Mueller said.

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This denial from Mueller that his conversation about the position was an interview for the job comes hours after Trump seemed to challenge Mueller to make this assertion under oath, tweeting that Mueller interviewed for the job and was "turned down," also writing, "Hope he doesn't say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the interview, including the Vice President of the United States!" Brendan Morrow

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.