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Trump's lawyers submit proposal to Mueller on interview terms

  • Shannon Pettypiece


New York, United States   /   Tue, July 24, 2018   /   12:50 pm
Trump's lawyers submit proposal to Mueller on interview terms This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Special counsels like the one named to oversee the probe into Russia's alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular US investigators. This time it is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who took over the high-stakes Russia probe in May after US President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. The first indictments in Mueller's probe are reported to have been brought by a grand jury and could be made public as early as Oct. 30. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

President Donald Trump’s legal team has submitted a proposal to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that would allow questions only related to whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in 2016, the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Monday night.

The legal team, Giuliani said in an interview, would not agree to questions about obstruction of justice in the investigation out of concern that Mueller and his staff might believe someone who contradicted Trump’s account, like former FBI Director James Comey. That, according to Giuliani, could leave the president vulnerable to a perjury charge.  

For months, the question of whether Trump would testify in some fashion in Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election has been the subject of intense speculation.

Earlier this month, Giuliani said Trump was willing to answer "narrow" questions from Mueller, but with the assurance that the inquiry was in its final stages.

Giuliani, a former mayor of New York, said on Monday that he had not received a response to the proposal from Mueller’s staff.