President Donald Trump’s lawyers are pursuing a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, under which Mueller would commit to a definitive end-date to his investigation in exchange for an interview with Trump.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s lawyers, led by John Dowd, would make Trump available to Mueller if he agrees to end the Trump-related portions of his investigation by a certain date. A 60-day deadline has been suggested in this connection.
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The legal team would also like the special counsel to limit the scope of his questions to matters relating to the dismissals of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey. Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators and is believed to be cooperating with Mueller.
The story is sourced to an unnamed person familiar with the Trump legal team’s thinking.
Dowd and his associates were previously recalcitrant about allowing Trump to answer questions from the special counsel, though they’re repeatedly expressed willingness to cooperate with Muller’s inquiry. Trump himself expressed willingness to meet with Mueller during a June 2017 press conference in the Rose Garden, though he later back away from those statements.
The news comes the same day that former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg testified before a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va.
Trump has vigorously denied any collusion with Russian interests during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Both Dowd and Mueller declined comment for the story.
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