The president has probably been in full panic mode since it was revealed that Robert Mueller has indicated to the president’s legal team that his office will seek an interview with the president.
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s attorneys discussed about how to avoid a sit-down encounter or set limits on such a session. This potential meeting with President Trump bas brought up late last month by Mueller, as he talked with Trump’s lawyers, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow. Mueller deputy James Quarles attended that meeting as well – he’s the one that oversees the White House portion of the special counsel investigation.
A person close to President Trump stated that Mueller may interview the president very soon on some limited portion of questions. However, the president is rumored to be comfortable with giving an interview.
He believes it would put to rest questions about whether his campaign was colluded with the Russians in the last year election. In contrast, his attorneys are reluctant to let him to sit down for open-ended, face-to-face questioning without clear parameters.
The lawyers have been discussing whether the president could provide written answers to some of the questions from Mueller’s investigators, as then-President Ronald Reagan did during the Iran-contra investigation. They have discussed the obligation of Mueller’s team to demonstrate they could not obtain the information they are seeking without interviewing the president as well.
Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer overseeing the administration’s response to the Mueller investigation, stated that “the White House is not giving ay comments on communications with the OSC out of respect for it and its process,” referring to the special counsel’s office. He said the following in addition:
“The White House is fully cooperating with the OSC in order to facilitate a resolution as soon as possible.”