Special counsel Robert Mueller is willing to accept written responses from President Donald Trump to questions about any potential coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, a person familiar with the ongoing negotiations said Tuesday.
A forthcoming book from Watergate reporter Bob Woodward detailed an instance in January in which Trump's legal team set up a mock interview to prepare the president for a possible sit-down with Mueller. In the latest back-and-forth between prosecutors and Trump's lawyers, the special counsel's office is reportedly willing to allow Trump to testify in writing about Russian Federation - but wants a live interview about his firing of Comey.
Trump was brief when asked about his interview of Mueller to replace Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director before deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein named Mueller special counsel. Mueller also said he would be willing to accept answers in written form, though he did ask for the possibility of a follow-up in-person interview.
The letter was the latest step in ongoing negotiations between Mueller and the president's lawyers over a potential interview.
Even so, those familiar with Mr. Trump's legal team now consider it is now less likely that Mueller will seek to compel presidential testimony through a subpoena.
Trump claimed at the time that Mueller had multiple conflicts of interest, according to a January NYT report that relied on four unnamed sources.
It is not clear, in the slightest, what Trump means by his claim that he could give the Caller "100 photos" of Comey and Mueller "hugging and kissing". A White House spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.
"Republicans are trying to hide as much about Kavanaugh's record as they can because they know it would be damning", Meyers argued, showing Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) bang his gavel as 2010's Grassley, on split screen, demanded all documents relating to then-Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and ample time to review them. Mueller's investigators still hope to ask him collusion and obstruction of justice-related questions, according to the sources. "We are now awaiting their response".