Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday the president may be open to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller even if it involves some questions about alleged obstruction of justice in the federal investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election.
But Giuliani has said Trump's legal team is less enthusiastic because Mueller and his staff might seek to believe witnesses who contradict Trump's account, such as former FBI Director James Comey.
The spotting comes just one day after CNN's report that Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, claims that he is willing to assert to Mueller that then-candidate Donald Trump had advance notice of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that Trump Jr. attended.
A spokesman for Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller, who was Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time, left the club, the newspaper said.
A number of Trump's claims are false: Mueller is a registered Republican, for one thing, and it's not true that the 17 lawyers who the Justice Department has said are part of his office are all Democrats. A list of topics earlier this year showed Mueller was interested in for a potential interview included a focus on Sessions and Comey.
Multiple reports indicated Trump interviewed Mueller for the vacancy, but it's unclear if Trump turned him down for the position before he was named special counsel in May 2017.
His interest in them is the latest addition to a range of presidential actions he is investigating as a possible obstruction case: private interactions with Comey, Sessions and other senior administration officials about the Russian Federation inquiry; misleading White House statements; public attacks; and possible pardon offers to potential witnesses.
Mueller was appointed special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation - a move which earned him Trump's wrath.
Some of the comments came as Trump was privately pressuring the pair, who are both key witnesses in Mueller's probe, to quit or put the kibosh on the probe, which is also looking at possible collusion with Trump's campaign. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!' Trump blared on the social media site.
Mr Mueller's team recently indicted a dozen Russian intelligence agents for hacking into Democratic party computers.