Mueller may delay decision on obstruction of justice: report

The special counsel investigating Russian election interference may hold off on the obstruction of justice portion of the probe as he continues to look into other components like collusion, according to a Bloomberg report published Monday.

The news outlet, citing both former and current officials, said Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE could decide that filing charges related to the obstruction could cause witnesses to become “less cooperative."

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Bloomberg said the obstruction part of the investigation will probably be finished following interviews with President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDem group plays audio of children crying at detention facilities outside Trump hotel Trump Jr. cancels fundraiser after Jeb Bush criticism on immigration Erik Prince says he 'cooperated’ with Mueller MORE 

The question of whether Trump will sit for an interview with Mueller has been speculated on for months.

Earlier this year, the president told reporters that he is “looking forward to” speaking with the special counsel’s team and that he would do so under oath. 

Mueller, who since May has been tasked with probing Russian meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin, has secured three guilty pleas and filed charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortVirginia jail says Manafort is not receiving 'special privileges' Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix MORE.