Mueller Spoke to Trump's Lawyers About Interviewing Him in Russia Probe

NOV. 8 2016 RUSSIA OUT

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President Trump's legal team is in talks with federal investigators about a possible interview with the president related to the wide-ranging investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates. Mr. Wisenberg said that while Mr. Trump often makes statements to the public that are inflammatory or untrue, the president has shown he can be disciplined, as he has curtailed his criticisms of Mr. Mueller in recent months.

"This is moving faster than anyone really realizes", the person said, who said Trump is comfortable participating in an interview and believes it would put to rest questions about whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in the 2016 election. However, the president's lawyers are reluctant to allow him to sit down for open-ended, face-to-face questioning without clear parameters, according to two people familiar with the discussions, the Post says. "The White House is continuing its full cooperation with the Office of the Special Counsel in order to facilitate the earliest possible resolution", an attorney, who heads Trump's private legal team, said.

The person said it was not surprising that investigators would be interested in eventually seeking to speak with the president.

"The last thing that we would want would be for the president to actually be subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury", Starr said.

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The expectation is that Mueller's team would not wrap up the investigation without an interview with the President, according to another source with knowledge.

So far, Mueller has interviewed several top present and former White House officials. Starr said that a meeting would likely be negotiated between the lawyers.

Speaking with host Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC regular Jason Johnson said that it was unlikely that Mueller would be Trump's chief interrogator and that he would turn it over to the professionals.

During the Iran-contra investigation in 1987, independent prosecutor Lawrence Walsh reportedly weighed whether to interview President Ronald Reagan in person or accept the President's written testimony. "So if he doesn't testify - the inference is - he's guilty", said former Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Ackerman.

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He said they found his mobile phone switched off but thought that he must be busy with studies or might have lost his phone. If he has any issues, he could have addressed it some other way.

"We've seen Donald Trump in litigation in the past", he explained.

For the most part, interviews in criminal investigations are voluntary.

Trump has constantly disparaged Mueller's investigation, calling it a partisan "witch hunt", but has insisted he has no plans to fire him. The tape was used at her later trial.

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