Mueller interviews former Trump legal spokesman: report

Mueller interviews former Trump legal spokesman: report
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A former spokesman for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE’s legal team interviewed with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE on Thursday, The Daily Beast reported Friday.

Mark CoralloMark CoralloTrump faces mounting legal pressure on three fronts Former aide: Trump equated US to ‘regime of a murderous kleptocrat’ The Memo: Trump's feud with Sessions grows toxic MORE, who stepped down from the job in July, reportedly spoke with Mueller’s team for more than two hours on Thursday, and was reportedly planning on telling Mueller that White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWhite House aides tried to get Trump to fact-check his tweets: Woodward book Omarosa: Trump hired Hope Hicks because she is pretty Trump officials pushing Hope Hicks to join 2020 campaign: report MORE might have been planning to obstruct justice.

The New York Times reported last month that Corallo planned to testify that Hicks told President Trump in a phone call that news of a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign staffers and a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower “will never get out.” The comment sparked concerns that Hicks might be considering obstructing justice.

The former spokesman also hired a pair of D.C. lawyers in anticipation of interviewing in the probe.

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Author Michael Wolff wrote in his book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” that Corallo quit over concerns about a misleading statement that Trump helped to write about the meeting with the Russian lawyer that included Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. hits back after PETA releases Halloween costume mocking him PETA releases Halloween costume of Trump Jr. with bloody leopard trophy Flake condemns Trump Jr. Instagram post mocking Kavanaugh accuser MORE

“Mark Corallo was instructed not to speak to the press, indeed not to even answer the phone,” Wolff wrote. “Later that week, Corallo, seeing no good outcome — and privately confiding that he believed the meeting on Air Force One represented a likely obstruction of justice — quit.”

Mueller is reportedly focusing on the Trump Tower meeting in his probe.

The special counsel is also seeking an interview with Trump, which the president has said he would be open to. However, Trump said the final decision on an interview would be made by his attorneys, and his lawyers are reportedly warning against it.