Special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a source close to President Donald Trump, might interview the president within the next several weeks amid growing questions regarding whether he colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
That source told The Washington Post that Trump was open to being interviewed, despite his lawyers’ apparent concerns, and thought sitting down with Mueller might settle concerns about potential collusion.
In a statement, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said he wouldn’t comment on communications with the special counsel’s office. “The White House is continuing its full cooperation with the [Office of Special Counsel] in order to facilitate the earliest possible resolution,” he added.
Mueller’s investigation, which is reportedly “moving faster than anyone really realizes,” resulted in two indictments against former Trump officials but has yet to formally accuse the administration and campaign of collusion.
In December, Mueller asked Trump’s lawyers — Jay Sekulow and John Dowd — about interviewing the president, something senior U.S. Department of Justice officials indicated Mueller wouldn’t neglect.
The news came amid another report that Trump’s attorneys were preparing for a potential interview, and even thought about an interview conducted through written responses.
But Mueller may be able to get additional information without Trump as former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is cooperating, as part of a plea deal, with his investigation.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about his conversation with a Russian official in 2016. In response to Flynn’s guilty plea, Cobb attempted to exonerate his client by claiming Flynn’s plea implicated Flynn and no one else.
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion and called the Russia investigation a “hoax” and “witch hunt.” As recently as Saturday, Trump told reporters “there’s been no collusion.”
“Just so you understand, there’s been no collusion, there’s been no crime, and in theory everybody tells me I’m not under investigation. Maybe Hillary [Clinton] is, I don’t know, but I’m not,” he said.