Trump unlikely to agree to Mueller interview, sources say
President Trump and his legal team are unlikely to agree to an interview with Unique Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News has discovered.
A final choice has not yet been made, but several sources told Fox News the group will nearly surely reject the request to interview the commander-in-chief &ndash a question that has been hanging more than the investigation and the White Residence for months.
The internal discussions come as the president and Rudy Giuliani, the public face of his legal team, take a newly combative stance toward the Mueller investigation.
&ldquoI&rsquom &lsquono&rsquo on a sit-down until we get ironed down precisely what they want to do,&rdquo Giuliani told Fox News&rsquo &ldquoOutnumbered&rdquo on Monday, when asked about the status of the interview request.
Giuliani mentioned the president ultimately will make a decision what to do, but, &ldquoRight now, I&rsquom telling him &lsquono way.&rsquo&rdquo
Trump on Sunday also fired off a battery of tweets blasting the &ldquoRobert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt&rdquo as an &ldquoillegal Scam&rdquo claiming it was started by a &ldquofraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC&rdquo asking why Mueller isn&rsquot probing Democrats and suggesting Mueller is following him since &ldquoI turned him down to head the FBI&rdquo and fired FBI boss James Comey &ldquois his close friend.&rdquo
The criticisms come ahead of the start of the first Mueller probe trial — for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on charges unrelated to alleged Russian meddling and prospective collusion with Trump campaign officials in 2016.
Earlier this month, it emerged that Trump&rsquos lawyers have been setting conditions for a Mueller interview &ndash namely, that they want him to generate proof that Trump has committed a crime prior to they agree for the president to be questioned.
The New York Occasions, which very first reported on those demands, reported that Giuliani has acknowledged that Mueller is unlikely to agree to them.
The president&rsquos lawyers also wanted Mueller to clarify how the Justice Department gave him the authority to investigate possible obstruction of justice in what was initially a probe into Russian meddling, according to the Times. And they want him to show that the specific counsel has exhausted each other investigative measure ahead of requesting an interview with the president.
Giuliani has previously voiced concern that such a particular counsel interview with Trump could be a perjury &ldquotrap.&rdquo
Regardless of internal momentum increasing against the possibility of a sit-down, Trump&rsquos outdoors legal team is nevertheless speaking to Mueller about the possibility of &ndash and terms for &ndash an interview.
Published at Mon, 30 Jul 2018 17:01:00 +0000