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Mueller interviews former Trump legal spokesman: report

Mueller interviews former Trump legal spokesman: report
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A former spokesman for President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE’s legal team interviewed 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 on Thursday, The Daily Beast reported Friday.

Mark CoralloMark CoralloFBI investigating political fundraising of former employees of Postmaster General DeJoy The 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe The Memo: Capitol Hill braces for Cohen fireworks 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 HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus 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.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

“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.