Saturday 23 June 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team 'interested in speaking with Donald Trump'

US President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
US President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Donald Trump as part of a probe into possible co-ordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, a source has said.

The issue of an interview with the president has come up in recent discussions between Mr Mueller's team and Trump lawyers, but no details have been worked out, including the scope of questions the president would agree to answer if a meeting were to take place, according to the source.

Mr Mueller has for months led a team of prosecutors and agents investigating whether Russia and Mr Trump's Republican campaign co-ordinated to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, and whether he worked to obstruct an FBI investigation into his aides.

Mr Mueller's team recently concluded a series of interviews with many current and former White House aides, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

A spokesman for Mr Mueller declined to comment, as did Trump lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow.

A White House spokesman pointed to a statement from White House lawyer Ty Cobb saying the White House does not publicly discuss its conversations with Mr Mueller.

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