Mueller Spoke to Trump's Lawyers About Interviewing Him in Russia Probe

US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC

The White House has refused to confirm or deny media reports that the US President could be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller about possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential race. "No, I can definitively say the president is not a liar", she assured reporters during an off-camera briefing.

Trump's attorneys and lawyers from Mueller's office plan additional meetings to set "the ground rules" of any appearance of Trump as well as "the categories of questions" that would be posed.

Mr Mueller's probe so far has led to two Trump associates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign aide George Papadopoulos, pleading guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

"But we have been very open".

Anticipating that special counsel Robert Mueller will ask to interview President Donald Trump, the president's legal team is discussing a range of potential options for the format, including written responses to questions in lieu of a formal sit-down, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington
Former FBI director Robert Mueller at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington

"We are dealing with a veteran prosecutor with a proven record of getting to the truth", says one lawyer close to the investigation. They want to know where the conversation would take place, for how long, and the scope of the questioning. The implication is clear: Trump is a walking, talking perjury trap, and saving him from himself is simply what any sane, competent lawyer would advise.

It also explains why, just days before Christmas, more than 40 former U.S. attorneys and moderate Republicans sent two separate letters to the president warning him against any attempt to impede or dismiss Mueller or members of his inquiry team, declaring how "critical it is to the interests of justice and public trust to ensure that those charged with conducting complex investigations are allowed to do their jobs free from interference or fear of reprisal".

Why? Because their client, the President of the United States, can not string two sentences together without lying. Post Opinion writer Quinta Jurecic lays out how Trump could get rid of special counsel Robert Mueller, and what would happen as a result. No lawyer worth his or her salt would let a client like Trump go in for an interview. "So this route makes sense".

Not that they needed the warning. "He and his actions are the primary focus of Mueller's investigation". "The man's uncontrollable. He's a loose cannon", the person with knowledge of the Mueller investigation said.

This source added: "The absolute last thing I want to do in my life is be sitting next to Donald Trump being questioned by the special counsel".

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