Robert Mueller Responds to Trump in Interview Negotiations - and He Focused on Russian Election Meddling: Report
According to a report from ABC News, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecution team has sent a response to President Donald Trump's counsel in a back-and-forth regarding a potential interview the two might sit for as part of the investigation into the Trump team's possible links to Russia.
"Sources describe a lengthy response from Mueller with a strong emphasis on requesting written answers as it relates to the original mandate of the investigation - Russian meddling in the 2016 elections," says ABC. The report adds that obstruction of justice was not mentioned in the letter, but it will still likely come up in negotiations.
Trump's team has been grappling with how to set up an interview, worried that Trump could perjure himself or obstruct justice further in remarks to the special counsel's team. Bob Woodward's upcoming book alleges that former Trump lawyer John Dowd tried to coach the president with a mock Mueller interview, and when he failed, advised him that he should avoid doing an interview or he will end up with "an orange jumpsuit." Dowd denies that he said this.
In his capacity leading Trump's defense, Rudy Giuliani has demanded Mueller allow any question of his choosing to be submitted in writing and to sharply limit the subject matter of his questioning, although experts consider this a bluff.