May 4, 2018

Trump: I'd "love" to be interviewed by Mueller

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President Trump insisted Friday that he would "love" to sit down with Robert Mueller and answer his questions in relation to his investigation into possible collusion or obstruction of justice.

Why it matters: Trump's lawyers have been pushing, hard, against an interview between the president and Mueller. However, Trump told reporters Friday that he "would love to speak because we’ve done nothing wrong," and said he'd be willing to override his lawyers on that.

More from Trump's remarks to reporters before leaving for Dallas:

  • Trump said Rudy Giuliani is "a great guy," but that he's still “learning the subject matter” and getting his “facts straight” regarding the comments he made on Fox News about Trump's knowledge of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels (which Trump has previously and publicly denied.) "He just started yesterday."
  • "We're not changing any stories" regarding Stormy Daniels, Trump insisted, despite Giuliani admitting that Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for the payment.
  • “I thought the jobs report was very good ... the big thing for me was cracking four [percent unemployment]."
  • The White House has picked a date and location for planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said, adding that a statement will be released shortly. He added that "a lot of things have already happened with regard to the hostages. I think you’re going to be seeing very good things.”

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina — especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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