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Trump lawyers warn him against Mueller interview: report

Trump lawyers warn him against Mueller interview: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE’s lawyers are urging him to not sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, The New York Times reported Monday.

Trump’s attorneys have advised him against the interview over concerns that he could be charged with lying to investigators in the probe into Russian election meddling, according to the Times.

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Trump publicly said last month that he would be willing to sit down with Mueller, but hedged it by saying it would be up to his lawyers to decide whether he would take part in an interview.

“I’m looking forward to it, actually,” Trump told reporters last month.

Trump has been privately telling others that he wants to do the interview, believing it would clear his name in the investigation into Russian election interference, which includes probing any possible ties between his presidential campaign and Moscow.

If Trump declined to sit for an interview, Mueller could try to subpoena him for one — a move that could create a complicated legal battle.

Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, has been taking the lead on a possible interview with Mueller and is urging against it, the Times reported.

However, White House lawyer Ty Cobb has broken with the rest of the legal team and is siding with Trump in favor of an interview with Mueller.

Cobb has pushed for the White House to be fully cooperative with the special counsel, and he has said in the past that he expected the investigation to be completed by the end of 2017.

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