CNN: Trump's lawyers arguing Mueller hasn't met bar for interview

CNN: Trump's lawyers arguing Mueller hasn't met bar for interview
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Lawyers for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE are arguing that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's team has not yet met the high bar they believe is needed to interview the president as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reported on Tuesday.

That position has been put forward in negotiations on the matter, and is not final, according to CNN. 


Trump's lawyers think that Mueller's team should have to prove that only the president can provide them with the information they need for the probe, arguing that the president should not be treated like anyone else being interviewed by investigators, CNN reported.

The lawyers' stance on the issue comes days after Trump said he was "looking forward" to speaking with Mueller and his team, though he also said at the time that he would ultimately defer that decision to his attorneys.

John Dowd, one of the president's attorneys, said last week that he would be the one to decide whether Trump sits for an interview with investigators on the special counsel's team. 

Mueller has provided Trump's lawyers with a number of topics investigators want to discuss with the president, according to CNN, making it clear that he is seeking an interview with Trump.

The special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, as well as whether members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russian officials or representatives to disrupt and influence the presidential race.

Trump has denied the notion that his campaign colluded with Moscow, and has called the investigation a "witch hunt."

Still, the White House has largely cooperated with Mueller's requests for documents and witness interviews, though Dowd has said that he has not yet decided whether to allow Trump to speak with investigators.