Trump lawyers want to offer Mueller interview with president to help bring probe to quick end: WSJ

  • President Trump's legal team is reportedly considering letting special counsel Mueller interview Trump in exchange for ending the Trump-Russia collusion facet of the probe.
  • The lawyers are considering suggesting a deadline to end the probe 60 days after the interview, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • The lawyer's expect Mueller to mainly focus on the firings of former national FBI Director James Comey and former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
President Trump and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
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President Trump and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

President Donald Trump's legal team is pursuing negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller to end the probe into potential Trump-Russian collusion in exchange for an interview with the president, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing a person familiar with the discussions.

In this scenario, Trump would agree to a sit-down interview with the special counsel contingent upon Mueller's commitment to end the portion of the investigation relating to Trump himself, the Journal reported.

Trump's lawyers are considering a few options for their conditions: suggesting a deadline to end the probe 60 days after the interview, and perhaps limiting the scope of his questions, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.

Trump's team expects the questions to mainly focus on the firings of former FBI Director James Comey and former national security advisor Michael Flynn, the Journal said.

John Dowd, one of Trump's personal lawyers, told CNBC that the Journal's report was "all false" when asked about the legal strategy being pursued in cooperation with the special counsel's inquiry.

The special counsel declined to comment on the Journal's report.

Read the full report from the Wall Street Journal.

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