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Despite lawyers' warnings, Trump still wants sit down with Mueller: report

Despite lawyers' warnings, Trump still wants sit down with Mueller: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE still wants to talk 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 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."

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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 ScaramucciBiden doubles down on normal at White House Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here' 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.