Trump's lawyers are negotiating with Mueller's team about interviewing the president: NBC News

  • President Trump's defense is talking with the FBI about the possibility of an interview with the president over Russia's election meddling.
  • Trump's legal team met with investigators in mid-December, the first correspondence between the two sides since the special counsel completed interviews with White House staff.
  • The defense is considering submitting written responses to questions in lieu of a sit-down interview or filing an affidavit signed by the president asserting his innocence.

President Donald Trump's legal team is in negotiations with the FBI on how to handle a possible interview between the president and special counsel Robert Mueller, NBC News reported Monday.

Trump's lawyers have been involved in ongoing discussions with FBI investigators as part of the agency's probe into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, according to NBC.

Citing "a source close to the president," the Washington Post later reported that the special counsel's office could interview the president "possibly within the next several weeks."

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The president's team is deliberating ways to avoid a sit-down interview between Trump and Mueller's team, sources familiar with the matter told NBC.

Some of the options being considered include submitting written responses to questions instead of a sit-down interview or filing an affidavit signed by the president asserting his innocence, according to the report.

Discussions about the alternatives began shortly after former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted by the FBI in late October for charges that include money laundering.

Trump's legal team met with investigators in mid-December, the first correspondence between the two sides since the special counsel completed interviews with White House staff, CNN reported at the time.

Trump has consistently called the investigation a politically motivated "hoax" and has been reluctant to acknowledge multiple U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

Read the full report on NBC News.