Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump's Lawyers May Offer Interview to End Russia Probe

Trump's Lawyers May Offer Interview to End Russia Probe

President Donald Trump 's legal team is pursuing negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller to end the probe into potential Trump-Russian collusion in exchange for an interview with the president, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing a person familiar with the discussions.

The two witnesses in question are White House counsel Don McGahn II, and former Chief of Staff and RNC Chair Reince Priebus. The Times report claimed Mr McGahn had threatened to resign when the president told him to fire Mr Mueller. The lawyers believe Mueller will mostly focus on whether Trump obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey, who was actively overseeing an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation when he was booted. McGahn never released a statement.

But the probe has also expanded to examine whether Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation. Mr. McGahn acknowledged that that was true but said that he had told senior White House officials at the time that he was going to quit.

Questions in an interview between Mueller and Trump are likely to focus on Comey's firing last May since it was that decision which lead to the formation of special counsel and then Mueller's appointment.

Trump's post-interview interactions with Priebus were less charged but still eyebrow-raising.

In other words, if the three sources who gave the Times its scoop are right, Trump might be making matters worse for himself without knowing it. "Mueller could argue that this suggests Trump has something to hide, which could explain why he fired Comey".

Mueller's team of investigators are looking into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to disrupt and influence the presidential race.

Trump's lawyers have worked overtime in recent months to sidestep a face-to-face interview between the president, who has been known to exaggerate the truth and make misleading statements in the past, and the special counsel.

According to the Journal, President Trump has pressured his legal team to end Mueller's investigation.

The president, who has publicly and repeatedly denied any collusion took place between his campaign and Russian Federation to win the 2016 election, has reportedly pressured his attorneys to bring an end to Mueller's investigation.

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