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 TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE’s legal team interviewed with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE on Thursday, The Daily Beast reported Friday.

Mark CoralloMark CoralloThe 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe The Memo: Capitol Hill braces for Cohen fireworks The Memo: Trump allies fret as legal troubles multiply 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 HicksSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Hope Hicks defends accuracy of her congressional testimony Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony 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 TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report 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.