Trump legal team seeking to limit scope of Mueller interview: report

Trump legal team seeking to limit scope of Mueller interview: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's legal team is hoping to limit questions asked by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE during a potential interview to just questions regarding the issue of collusion with Russia, CNN reports.

The news channel cites multiple sources familiar with the Trump team's strategy who say the lawyers are seeking to eliminate questions related to Trump's actions after the election, including questions related to his firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes from separate coasts amid pandemic MORE and whether that constituted obstruction of justice.


"We said we wanted the questions limited to Russian collusion," one source close to Trump's team told CNN.

One possibility reportedly floated by Trump's lawyers includes limiting a potential interview with Trump to questions surrounding his pre-presidency actions. The team would then submit written answers to questions related to obstruction of justice.

The sources said that Mueller's team, which declined to comment to CNN, has not indicated whether the office would accept written answers.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on CNN's report.

Trump has repeatedly said that he would like to sit down with Mueller for an interview, but the possibility seemed to chill earlier this year when FBI agents, working on a referral from Mueller's office, raided the home and offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime attorney.

Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, as well as questions surrounding his $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film star who claims a 2006 affair with the president.

Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has so far ensnared several former Trump advisers, including his ex-campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA MORE and national security adviser Michael Flynn, in criminal indictments.

Manafort was charged last year with money laundering and tax fraud related to his lobbying efforts in Ukraine, while Flynn was charged with lying to FBI investigators.