Mueller may delay decision on obstruction of justice: report

The special counsel investigating Russian election interference may hold off on the obstruction of justice portion of the probe as he continues to look into other components like collusion, according to a Bloomberg report published Monday.

The news outlet, citing both former and current officials, said Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE could decide that filing charges related to the obstruction could cause witnesses to become “less cooperative."

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Bloomberg said the obstruction part of the investigation will probably be finished following interviews with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says his comments on Trump Tower talks were 'hypothetical' Mueller coverage keeps missing its mark, as BuzzFeed debacle shows Trump legal team reached out to Mueller’s office after BuzzFeed article: report MORE and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpConservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report MORE 

The question of whether Trump will sit for an interview with Mueller has been speculated on for months.

Earlier this year, the president told reporters that he is “looking forward to” speaking with the special counsel’s team and that he would do so under oath. 

Mueller, who since May has been tasked with probing Russian meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin, has secured three guilty pleas and filed charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Dems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell The case for Russia sanctions MORE.