President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump repeats claim without evidence that paid protesters disrupted his rallies Five takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Trump rails against Dems at Pennsylvania rally as Hurricane Michael batters Florida MORE’s private authorized staff is getting ready written solutions to questions submitted by particular counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, CNN reported Thursday.
The event might mark a breakthrough within the extended battle between Trump’s private attorneys and the particular counsel’s workplace into whether or not and the way the president would reply Mueller’s questions concerning attainable collusion between the Trump marketing campaign and Russia and obstruction of justice.
Sources inform CNN the questions principally deal with the collusion facet of the particular counsel’s probe.
Whereas the 2 sides have agreed on this preliminary spherical of questioning, the particular counsel has reportedly insisted that Mueller’s staff have the chance to observe up. Trump’s authorized staff and the particular counsel are nonetheless negotiating if the president can be interviewed in particular person.
“We’re in persevering with discussions with the particular counsel and we don’t touch upon these discussions,” Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow advised CNN.
The president is thought to be open to testifying in particular person, but his private attorneys have expressed concern that Trump might perjure himself throughout an interview.
“It appears ridiculous that I would must do it when everyone says there is no collusion, however I am going to do what is critical to get it over with,” Trump advised Fox Information Thursday morning.
“I’m not going to be rushed into having him testify so he will get trapped into perjury,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani advised NBC’s “Meet the Press” in August.
The particular counsel has sought an interview with the president over the previous a number of months, and reportedly threatened to subpoena Trump if he declined to voluntarily sit for an interview. Giuliani has beforehand asserted that Trump wouldn’t must adjust to a subpoena.
The particular counsel’s workplace declined to touch upon Thursday afternoon.
Morgan Chalfant contributed to this story.