President Donald Trump’s lawyers believe they can weather a “negative” report from special counsel Robert Mueller and are prepared to rebut the conclusions, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, said in an interview.
Giuliani said the president is open to talking to Mueller under limited conditions but, in a new development, said Trump wouldn’t sit for an interview after Sept. 1 because that could interfere with the midterm elections.
Last week, the president’s lawyers sent Mueller a proposal indicating that Trump would take questions about collusion with Russia in the 2016 elections but not about obstruction of justice after he took office. Obstruction questions, his lawyers worry, could become a trap for perjury accusations. Mueller’s office declined to comment. Should he reject the offer, Mueller could subpoena the president, setting in motion a legal showdown.
“We certainly won’t do [an interview] after Sept. 1, because we’re not going to be the ones to interfere with the election,” Giuliani said. “Let him [Mueller] get all the bad publicity and the attacks for that.”
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