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.
That's according to a person familiar with a letter Mueller sent to Trump's legal team last Friday.
Mueller is wary that the Trump's legal team may use executive privilege to shield the president from answering questions about obstruction of justice - another avenue of the inquiry.
Rudy Giuliani says the White House would likely attempt to block a full public release of Robert Mueller's anticipated final report about the Russian Federation investigation ― bolstering long-held fears that the special counsel's ultimate findings may never see the light of day.
The correspondent cited one of those alleged conflicts, asking Trump whether he had interviewed Mueller to return as Federal Bureau of Investigation director after he fired Comey in May 2017.
Reached by ABC News, the Trump legal team declined to comment.
"We continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the office of the special counsel", lawyer Jay Sekulow told the Times. In March, Mueller raised the prospect of subpoenaing Trump if he refused to be questioned voluntarily.
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'So that's four things, that's four, then you have the conflicts of the people - you know I call them the 17 angry Democrats, I guess they're being lowered down now, ' Trump said, referencing staff that transferred out of Mueller's office.
Trump said Mueller and the fired FBI Director were 'best friends, ' although Comey's team has described it as an ordinary office friendship.
Trump's lawyers have tried to put off a formal interview; they have repeatedly said that to determine whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia's election interference, Mueller can find the answers in the interviews that his investigators have conducted with witnesses, including senior White House aides and administration officials, and more than 1.4 million documents turned over by the White House.
Mueller so far has not requested to ask any questions about obstruction, but included a line in his message to Trump's attorneys that he may want to ask questions about obstruction at some point in the future.
And for another, Trump claimed, without any proof that Comey and Mueller are "best friends" and even more, of the "hugging and kissing" variety.
Trump: "There were, I mean tremendous conflicts here, you know the conflicts, you've heard the conflicts".