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Ken Starr: I’d advise Trump of the risks of sitting down with Mueller

Former independent counsel Ken Starr says that if he were President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's attorney he would advise Trump about the risks he faces by sitting down with 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, the special counsel in charge of the investigation into Russian election meddling.

In an interview with CNN, Starr warned that Trump's counsel should advise him of the pitfalls that await him in a possible interview with the special counsel.

"This is very serious, this is not a press conference," Starr said Friday. "The risks are extraordinarily high."

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"I don't know all the facts [that Robert Mueller knows about the case] ... but I would advise him of the risks," he added.

Starr, who served as an independent counsel in Republicans' investigation into President Clinton's Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals, added that there's a chance Trump could be subpoenaed, however, if he chooses not to speak with Mueller.

If he avoided a subpoena, Starr warned that Trump could face litigation and it could potentially go as far as the Supreme Court.

He said last month that a meeting between Trump and Mueller in the near future is "probable."

"He needs to, in order to round out, complete his investigation, to come to a decision," Starr said on CNN last month.

"He needs to look the president in the eye and ask the appropriate questions."

Trump's legal team is reportedly exploring the possibility that the president will sit down with the special counsel to be questioned on his firing of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE and drafting of a statement defending his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE, over a meeting with Russians in Trump Tower during the presidential race.

"I'm looking forward to it," the president said last month when asked if he would be speaking with the special counsel.

"I would do it under oath," he added. "I couldn't have cared less about Russians having to do with my campaign. The fact is — you people won't say this but I'll say it — I was a much better candidate than [Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden prepares to confront Putin Ending the same-sex marriage wars Trump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' MORE]."