Special counsel will accept written answers from Trump about Russia

  • Robert Mueller's office has agreed to take written answers about whether the Trump campaign worked with Russia in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
  • The special counsel and Trump's legal team have been negotiating a potential interview with the president for months.
  • The Times reports that Mueller's office did not seek written responses to questions about obstruction of justice.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller has offered to accept some written answers from President Donald Trump about Russia, NBC News confirmed with a person familiar with the matter.

Mueller's office agreed to receive written answers to questions about whether or not the Trump campaign worked with Russia in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

The source told NBC that discussions are "moving in a positive direction."

This is the latest development in months-long negotiations between the two parties about a potential interview with the president.

The New York Times first reported the offer on Tuesday.

The Times reported that the letter, however, did not seek written responses to questions about whether Trump obstructed justice. It also did not say that Mueller was giving up on his pursuit of an interview with the president, the Times reported.

The special counsel and Trump's legal team have been negotiating a potential interview with the president for months.

Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement to NBC, "We have an ongoing dialogue with the office of special counsel and we do not discuss the contents of those discussions."