NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s lawyers are preparing answers to questions for the U.S. particular counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a source conversant in the matter stated on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump marketing campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein -/File Photo
The improvement, first reported by CNN, seems to present progress after a number of months of talks between the particular counsel, Robert Mueller, and Trump’s authorized workforce in reference to the president answering questions in the investigation.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani stated final month that Mueller needed the president to commit to a follow-up interview to any written questions, a place Trump’s authorized workforce was resisting.
The query of a possible interview has not but been settled. But the source instructed Reuters that Mueller was prepared to settle for written answers to questions and not using a dedication from Trump’s lawyers over what comes subsequent.
A spokesman for Mueller declined to remark.
In an interview on Tuesday, Giuliani instructed Reuters: “We are not prepared to agree to more questions until the first group of questions are asked, answered and somebody can explain to us why that isn’t enough.”
Giuliani reiterated that Trump could be prepared to reply questions on whether or not his marketing campaign had colluded with Moscow to affect the 2016 election, however not whether or not he had acted to hinder the Russia probe. Mueller is investigating each.
In an NBC News interview final yr, Trump tied his determination to fireplace FBI Director James Comey to the investigation into Russian election meddling. At the time of his firing, Comey was main the probe.
U.S. intelligence companies have concluded that Russia interfered in the election to attempt to tip it towards Trump and away from his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. Moscow has denied any interference, whereas Trump has denied any collusion with Russia and any obstruction of justice.
Reporting by Karen Freifeld; writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Cynthia Osterman