It was one of the few times Trump, who has been reluctant to answer questions about the probe, even acknowledged that it had started, despite having been delayed by the previous administration.
And it was one that he made clear he had not planned to leave in a way that would appear to undercut his own public efforts to move forward with the probe.
“I think I’ll have a little bit of time to take a look at this,” Trump said.
“That’s what we’re going to have to do.”
Trump’s decision to delay the probe was prompted by the announcement that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was under criminal investigation.
And the president said the investigation would be closed soon, after the probe is complete.
Trump had also made a public statement that Flynn had been truthful in his testimony and in his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
But the president made clear to reporters that he was still waiting for the FBI to complete its investigation into Flynn’s conduct.
“It’s not done yet,” Trump told reporters, in a clear indication of the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing probe.
Trump has repeatedly cast the Flynn probe as a political distraction, a charge he has repeatedly denied.
He has repeatedly claimed that the investigation is a witch hunt.
“Russia hacked our election, didn’t they?”
Trump said last week, referring to the Russia probe.
But in a series of interviews last week with the New York Times and NBC News, the president was asked about his public assertion that he had begun the investigation into former national intelligence adviser Michael T. Flynn.
Trump did not deny the Times and the NBC News report, saying only that “the report was not true.”
Trump said he would wait for the report and make a decision about whether he wanted to proceed.
“You know, you’re going down that road,” Trump wrote on Twitter last week.
Let’s see how it plays out. “
Let’s see what happens.
Let’s see how it plays out.
And let’s see where we’re at.
We’ll see what the outcome is.
But I’m waiting for that report.”