July 24, 2019 / 4:00 PM / a month ago

Mueller says he did not seek FBI director job under Trump

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the Office of Special Counsel's investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday disputed assertions that he had interviewed with President Donald Trump in 2017 to serve as FBI director a day before he was appointed to oversee the Russia investigation.

“My understanding of it was (I was) not applying for the job, I was asked to give my input on what it would take to do the job,” Mueller told the U.S. House Judiciary Committee at a hearing. “I interviewed with the president ... it was about the job, but not about me applying for the job.”

(Story corrects title in first paragraph to special counsel instead of special prosecutor)

Reporting by David Morgan, Jan Wolfe, Sarah N. Lynch; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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