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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 TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE’s advisers and friends are telling the president he shouldn’t sit for an interview with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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) GaetzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After historic verdict, Chauvin led away in handcuffs House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Jeffries roasts McCarthy over Waters: 'Clean up your own mess' 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.

Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingHouse rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Rep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance In Marjorie Taylor Greene, a glimpse of the future MORE (R-Iowa) suggested Trump’s team answer Mueller’s questions in writing, while Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisBipartisan Senate proposal would grant million to minority businesses Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (R-N.C.) said Trump’s lawyers should set limits on what would be covered in the interview.

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.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE and his former associate, Richard Gates, were indicted on money laundering and tax fraud charges.

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign policy adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.