WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s legal team has submitted a counteroffer to special counsel Robert Mueller on a possible interview with the president that could allow for questions about collusion with Russia but curtail inquiries related to obstruction of justice.
As negotiations for such a sit-down are set to enter their eighth month, Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, said Monday that an interview between the special counsel and the president is “still on the table.”
The president’s legal team is open to him answering questions about possible collusion with Moscow, Giuliani said, but is less willing to have Trump discuss questions about obstruction of justice. “We think the obstruction of it is handled by Article 2 of the Constitution,” Giuliani said, referring to the provision that gives the president executive authority to appoint and dismiss members of his administration.
It is unclear whether Mueller’s team would be open to the legal team’s offer. The special counsel this year outlined for the president’s legal team more than 40 questions he planned to ask in a possible interview with Trump. The questions focused largely on the president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, as well as what he meant when he told Russian diplomats at the White House later that month that dismissing the FBI director had taken “great pressure” off him, according to a New York Times report last year.
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