Ken Starr: I’d advise Trump of the risks of sitting down with Mueller

Former independent counsel Ken Starr says that if he were President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing MORE's attorney he would advise Trump about the risks he faces by sitting down with Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, the special counsel in charge of the investigation into Russian election meddling.

In an interview with CNN, Starr warned that Trump's counsel should advise him of the pitfalls that await him in a possible interview with the special counsel.

"This is very serious, this is not a press conference," Starr said Friday. "The risks are extraordinarily high."

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"I don't know all the facts [that Robert Mueller knows about the case] ... but I would advise him of the risks," he added.

Starr, who served as an independent counsel in Republicans' investigation into President Clinton's Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals, added that there's a chance Trump could be subpoenaed, however, if he chooses not to speak with Mueller.

If he avoided a subpoena, Starr warned that Trump could face litigation and it could potentially go as far as the Supreme Court.

He said last month that a meeting between Trump and Mueller in the near future is "probable."

"He needs to, in order to round out, complete his investigation, to come to a decision," Starr said on CNN last month.

"He needs to look the president in the eye and ask the appropriate questions."

Trump's legal team is reportedly exploring the possibility that the president will sit down with the special counsel to be questioned on his firing of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump legal team seeking to limit scope of Mueller interview: report FBI source in Russia probe raises alarms over political surveillance On Trump and DOJ, both liberals and conservatives are missing the point MORE and drafting of a statement defending his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John Trump'60 Minutes' correspondent: Trump said he attacks the press so no one believes negative coverage The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Washington braces for another tumultuous week Mueller probing Israeli businessman connected to UAE MORE, over a meeting with Russians in Trump Tower during the presidential race.

"I'm looking forward to it," the president said last month when asked if he would be speaking with the special counsel.

"I would do it under oath," he added. "I couldn't have cared less about Russians having to do with my campaign. The fact is — you people won't say this but I'll say it — I was a much better candidate than [Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller moves ahead with Papadopoulos sentencing What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California BBC: Ukraine paid Cohen 0K to set up talks with Trump MORE]."