President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE still wants to talk with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE despite his lawyers urging him not to sit for an interview, CNN reported, citing Trump allies.
One person familiar with the president's thinking told CNN that Trump wants to talk with Mueller because the president thinks he is completely innocent.
"He thinks he can work this," this person told CNN. "He doesn't realize how high the stakes are."
The source added that if Trump does sit down for an interview, he can't back out of it.
"You can't get up and walk away. It's not that easy," the person said.
Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Political editor Steve Scully leaving C-SPAN Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE said Tuesday that Trump is "basically saying that 'I'm wide open as a book. I've done absolutely nothing wrong and I'm willing to say so under oath.' "
"So again, I still think that that is on the table," Scaramucci told CNN.
The report comes after The New York Times reported this week that Trump's lawyers are urging him to not sit for an interview with Mueller.
Trump’s attorneys have advised him against the interview over concerns that he could be charged with lying to investigators in the probe into Russian election interference, according to the Times.
Trump publicly said last month that he would be willing to sit down with Mueller, but hedged it by saying it would be up to his lawyers to decide whether he would take part in an interview.