Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants President Donald Trump to commit to a follow-up interview to written answers to questions in his probe of any coordination between Trump campaign members and Russian Federation in the 2016 U.S. election, Rudy Giuliani, who is representing the president, said yesterday.
The remark comes as Rudy Giuliani, one of the president's personal lawyers, walked back comments saying Trump wouldn't answer questions from Mueller regarding obstruction of justice.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Mueller has agreed to accept some written answers from Trump regarding the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 election.
But in a subsequent interview on NBC, he said those questions are "not ruled in or out".
It's unclear if Mr. Giuliani's public position has been endorsed by Mr. Trump, who has said he wants to answer questions under oath.
If the parties are unable to agree on ground rules for a presidential interview, Mueller has the option of seeking to subpoena the president.
"It would be in written form and if you want to follow up on our answers, justify it", Giuliani said.
"They got him, on I guess, on a couple of lies", he added. "Show us why you didn't get there the first time", Mr. Giuliani said.
After the interview takes place, that is if it takes place, investigators would eventually send their findings to lawmakers who would then decide the next step.
Trump continued his assault on the probe on Air Force One Friday, opting for his favorite refrain of dismissing the investigation as a "witch hunt".
Mueller's team raised the prospect in March that it could subpoena the president, though this would unquestionably prompt a court fight.
In addition to questions about Comey and Sessions, Mueller has expressed interest in Trump's role in drafting a statement to The New York Times about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer.
If the probe ends without a criminal prosecution of Trump, Hamilton says, there will be many Democrats who will be disappointed.
Jay Sekulow, another Trump attorney, also stressed that discussions with Mueller's office are still in progress.