Trump’s legal team rejects Mueller interview offer, counters with smaller scope

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday night that he has told President Donald Trump that ending the special counsel investigation of Robert S. Mueller III would undermine GOP chances in November.

"It's fantastic", Mr. Trump said of his relationship with Rosenstein. "So back up from that, this should be over by September 1", Giuliani said. "It is not appropriate, at this time, to comment publicly about the content of that response".

"We have responded in writing to the latest proposal from the Office of Special Counsel regarding its request to interview the President", said Jay Sekulow, an attorney for the president.

The negotiations come amid a backdrop of Trump's escalating attacks on the probe, including his blunt declaration that his attorney general should terminate the probe "right now".

But Trump's public attacks on the Russian Federation probe have sparked questions over whether his actions could constitute obstruction of justice.

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The President's team has sought to limit any potential interview to questions about collusion.

Despite his legal team's reluctance, Trump is again pushing his lawyers to allow him to interview with Mueller, according to The New York Times last week.

"How in the world could he ever cooperate and sit down with Mueller for an interview knowing that if you tell one lie to Bob Mueller, he will move to file charges?" she said during Monday's show. The former FBI director later testified to Congress that Trump had pressed him to drop an investigation into Flynn, a claim that Trump has denied.

"From the outside looking in doesn't it look like increasingly that the Mueller team is setting a trap for the president if he decides to speak with them?" she asked.

The President's lawyers had previously offered the special counsel written answers to obstruction questions and limiting the interview to matters before his presidential inauguration, which are largely confined to collusion. Mueller still has the option to subpoena Trump, should he choose to use it.

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