Latest on the ‘Witch Hunt’: Mueller to Accept Written Responses from President Trump
It is being reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is willing to accept written responses from US President Donald Trump regarding any potential coordination between his campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 Presidential election.
That is according to a person familiar with a letter Mr. Mueller sent to President Trump’s legal team last Friday.
The person said President Trump’s legal team has not responded to the offer.
The Mueller letter is the latest reported step in ongoing negotiations between Mr. Mueller and the President’s lawyers over a potential interview. The on going negotiations are confidential.
It was not immediately clear what those conditions mean for other Questions if any that Mr. Mueller is exploring. That includes whether the President obstructed justice in his attempts to undermine the Russia investigation by sacking FBI Director James Comey.
The move by the hemmed Special Counsel comes after he issued 2 lengthy but meaningless showboating talking indictments detailing Russian efforts to interfere in the Presidential campaign.
Mr. Mueller has also probed a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer he believed to have derogatory information on Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump Jr. took the meeting, e-Mails show, after it was described as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.
Some Trump’s advisers view Mueller’s new letter as a sign of acceptance that he will lose a legal battle to compel the President to testify.
The White House Counsel’s Office, led by attorney Emmet Flood, has been girding to fight a subpoena for President Trump’s testimony under oath. The team argues that the President has broad powers he is allowed to exercise without fear of prosecution and without risk of being subject to a Grand Jury investigation.
Special Counsel spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment Tuesday.
Trump’s personal attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, declined to comment