Trump team recently turned down in-person interview with Mueller: report

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Mueller asked Trump for a face-to-face interview after the president's lawyers submitted his written answers to some of the special counsel's questions before Thanksgiving, according to CNN.


The special counsel and Trump's legal team for about five weeks have been at a standstill over the issue of an in-person interview, sources told the news network.

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani last month dismissed the possibility that Trump will sit for an interview with the special counsel.

"Over my dead body. But you know, I could be dead," Giuliani said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" when asked if Trump would take part in an interview.

Trump's lawyers reportedly told Mueller's team that there is no reason to pursue follow-up questions after the written responses.

Giuliani over the weekend told The Hill that Trump's legal team should be allowed to “correct” Mueller's report before Congress or the American people get the chance to read it.

Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison, last week agreed to testify in public before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7.

Trump's attorneys have long maintained they would only answer questions pertaining to allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and not inquiries about whether Trump obstructed the federal investigation into the interference. 

The written answers reportedly focus on activities before Trump was in office and do not address possible obstruction of justice.

Mueller has sought an in-person interview with Trump for more than a year. 

The special counsel has been investigating Russia's election interference and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow since May 2017.