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Allies warn Trump against interview with Mueller: report

Allies warn Trump against interview with Mueller: report
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Some of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE’s advisers and friends are telling the president he shouldn’t sit for an interview with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, CNN reported Thursday.

Trump team lawyers, White House insiders and friends are among those who have reportedly told Trump it would be unwise to talk to the special counsel, arguing that doing so could land the president in hot water politically or legally.

“I think the entire Mueller probe is infected by intractable bias. And the president only risks some inadvertent misstatement becoming a new national narrative by doing that,” Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse panels postpone meeting with Rosenstein Florida Dems attack GOP campaign as ‘racist’ after Republican labels Gillum 'Kill'em' on crime Top Trump ally in Congress says Rosenstein should be impeached even if he was joking about wearing a wire MORE (R-Fla.) told CNN.

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Gaetz is one of several Republican lawmakers who have accused Mueller of bias against the president after a former Mueller team member was revealed to have sent anti-Trump texts.

Others told CNN that Trump should cooperate with the Mueller probe, or place limitations on any potential interview.

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Multiple reports this week said that Mueller is likely to interview Trump in the coming weeks as part of the special counsel investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

Last summer, Trump said he'd be willing to commit to an interview with Mueller, but when asked again about the prospect on Wednesday, Trump dodged the question.

“We’ll see what happens,” the president said when pressed by a reporter on Wednesday. “When they have no collusion … it seems unlikely that you’d even have an interview.”

Mueller's probe has led to two indictments and two guilty pleas thus far.

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