Attorneys for President Donald Trump have been discussing with FBI investigators a possible interview of the president by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the inquiry into whether there was collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
NBC News reported that Trump’s legal team “is seeking clarification on whether the president would be interviewed directly by Mueller, as well as the legal standard for when a president can be interviewed, the location of a possible interview, the topics and the duration.”
According to sources familiar with the matter, Trump’s lawyers are discussing a variety of options for the format of the interview, including written responses to questions instead of a face-to-face session. Another possibility under consideration is the signing of an affidavit by the president, affirming that he is innocent of any wrongdoing and denying any collusion.
Two sources indicated that Trump’s attorneys are also seeking compromises that would allow the president to avoid an interview altogether.
The discussions were characterized as preliminary and ongoing. The president’s lawyers met with representatives from the special counsel’s office in late December, but none have commented on the meeting.
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