George Zimmerman is certain that he was the “victim” in the deadly confrontation that made him a symbol for racial tensions in America. He also seems convinced that the U.S. government, including President Obama, has it out for him.

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It’s probably the combination of those two factors that made it impossible for Zimmerman to answer CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s first question in an interview that aired Monday: “Do you regret that you killed Trayvon Martin?”

“Um, unfortunately the Department of Justice is conducting a civil rights investigation, so those are the types of questions that because of the investigation, I have to tread lightly and I can’t answer them,” he told Cuomo, who confirmed that the Justice Department is in fact looking into any civil rights violations but said it’s unlikely to file any charges against Zimmerman.

Zimmerman did say he wished he would have stayed home the night of Feb. 26, 2012, when an altercation with Martin in a Sanford, Fla. gated community led to the unarmed black teenager’s death. But Zimmerman can’t say if such a decision would have saved Martin.

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