President Trump’s attorneys are reportedly considering asking Robert Mueller to give them a hard end date for his special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. This would be a precondition for an interview with the president.
Trump’s lawyers are still divided on the terms of this kind of deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. Some of them also want Mueller to agree to parameters on the breadth of an interview.
One suggestion is that Mueller would agree to wrap up the probe within 60 days of Trump giving an interview. These kinds of conversations between Mueller and Trump’s attorneys are just beginning.
The president has boasted that he is “looking forward” to talking with Mueller’s team, but his lawyers have continually emphasized that he would only agree under a set number of conditions.
Most legal experts that the Journal interviewed had skepticism regarding whether Mueller would ever agree to the idea.
“You can’t put a timeline on these things,” said former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg. “Someone could walk in the door on the day before their proposed deadline and say, ‘I’ve got some information that’s going to blow your minds.’ … [And] Mueller’s going to say, ‘Oh, too bad, the deadline’s tomorrow?’”
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the president has asked former witnesses interviews by Mueller about their experiences and what was discussed.
The special counsel’s probe has expanded to include possible obstruction of justice and the business ties of the president and his family.
Trump’s lawyers expect the question for the president to focus on the firings of former FBI Director James Comey and former security adviser Michael Flynn. In December, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators.
Comey says he was fired after Trump suggested he back off a Justice Department investigation into Flynn.
Trump has repeatedly derided Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” that has the word “laughing” at the U.S.
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Credit: The Hill