Attorneys for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, four people briefed on the matter told The New York Times. Trump has publicly declared that he is open to speaking with Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump obstructed justice, but his lawyers fear he will make false statements, which could lead to Trump being charged with lying to investigators. Attorneys John Dowd and Jay Sekulow reportedly want Trump to avoid an interview and think Mueller won’t subpoena him, but Ty Cobb wants Trump to cooperate and has been dealing with Mueller in trying to set up an interview.
"I don't know why his attorneys wouldn't want him to talk to the special counsel unless they thought he had something to hide," says Rep. Ted Lieu about Trump's lawyers' argument that Mueller has not met the threshold for a presidential interview pic.twitter.com/HwUu6JGBO3
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