Giuliani telling Mueller about ‘reluctance’ to let Trump face questions on obstruction

Giuliani telling Mueller about ‘reluctance’ to let Trump face questions on obstruction
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's attorney Rudy Giuliani said late Monday that lawyers representing the president are preparing to send a letter to 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 expressing their "reluctance" to allow questions pertaining to obstruction of justice during a possible interview with the president.

“We have a real reluctance about allowing any questions about obstruction,” Giuliani told The Washington Post, adding that the president's team would “continue the negotiations” rather than formally decline Mueller's request to sit down with Trump.


“The president still hasn’t made a decision, and we’re not going to make a final decision just yet."

Giuliani added there is no danger of Trump committing perjury during an interview with the special counsel, who has been seeking to interview the president for months. Mueller reportedly has focused on tweets made by the president related to his firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE and demanding the probe's dissolution.

"[T]hey are trying to get something on perjury and that’s not going to happen. The answers, with regard to [former national security adviser Michael] Flynn and the firing of Comey are already well known and they’re not going to change. He’d say the same thing in the interview that he’s said publicly," Giuliani told the Post.

Giuliani's remarks come less than a week after he told Politico that the president would make a formal decision on an interview with Mueller within 10 days.

The president himself has continued his calls for an interview with the special counsel amid his demands for the probe to be shut down by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE.