President says he fears discrepancies between his statements and those of others and says he could run inquiry himself

Donald Trump says he fears that an interview with the special counsel Robert Mueller would be a “perjury trap” – while pointing out that he could “run” the Russia investigation himself if he chose to.

In a wide ranging White House interview with the Reuters news agency on Monday, the US president expressed fears that investigators could compare his statements with those of others who have testified in the inquiry, such as the former FBI director James Comey, and that any discrepancies could be used against him.

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