Interview with Mueller seems unlikely

Jan 11, 2018, 00:30
Interview with Mueller seems unlikely

Although Trump didn't directly answer Fox News reporter John Roberts' question about whether he would agree to an interview, a source told The Washington Post that he was open to the idea.

Mueller has been methodically collecting tens of thousands of documents from the White House and Trump campaign and has interviewed some of the president's closest aides as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has added a prosecutor who specializes in cyber crimes to his team investigating Russia's interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The episode is known to special counsel and his team of prosecutors and is likely of interest to them as they look into whether Trump's actions as president, including the May firing of FBI director James Comey, amount to improper efforts to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, becoming the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in Mr Mueller's inquiry.

He was responding to Comey's testimony to Congress that Trump had asked him for personal loyalty and to relax his investigation of former national security advisor Michael T. Flynn, two things that Trump has denied.

Trump's legal team is preparing for a potential interview with Mueller and is in preliminary discussions with his office on the parameters, according to a person familiar with the matter.

A meeting with Mr Mueller could pose serious risks for Mr Trump, as it would expose him to questions over some of his most controversial actions as president, including his firing of Mr Comey and his possible obstruction of justice.

ADVERTISEMENTTrump's legal team is reportedly looking to find out if Trump would be directly interviewed by Mueller.

Trump had previously said he would be "100 percent" willing to meet Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

In a second tweet, he repeated his claim that the investigations are the "single greatest Witch Hunt" in the country's history.

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