Trump legal team seeking to limit scope of Mueller interview: report
President Trump’s legal team is hoping to limit questions asked by special counsel Robert Mueller 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 Comey 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 Manafort 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.