Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to accept some written answers from President Trump on questions about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with Russia’s election interference, Mueller’s office told Trump’s lawyers in a letter sent late last week.
But on obstruction, Mueller hasn’t asked for written responses and therefore leaving the door open for a limited interview, according to the New York Times.
Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow said they’re still negotiating over whether the president will sit down for an interview with the special counsel.
“We continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the office of the special counsel,” Sekulow told the Times.
The Hill added:
Recent reports have indicated Trump’s legal team is reluctant to allow the president to sit down with Mueller due to concern that Trump could perjure himself.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward in his upcoming book “Fear: Trump in the White House” reports that former White House lawyer John Dowd told Trump in March that sitting down with Mueller for an interview would end in perjury charges and imprisonment.
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has said before that he believes Mueller is setting up a “perjury trap.”
“We have a real reluctance about allowing any questions about obstruction,” Giuliani told The Washington Post last month.