Trump Won’t Consider Mueller’s Obstruction Questions Until Later, Giuliani Says

Saul Bowman
September 10, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants President Donald Trump to commit to a follow-up interview to written answers to questions in his probe of any coordination between Trump campaign members and Russian Federation in the 2016 USA election, Rudy Giuliani, who is representing the president, said yesterday.

"I'd do it under certain circumstances", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

In a separate interview with Politico about obstruction questions, Giuliani said: "We're very opposed to that [but] we're not closing it off 100 percent".

Mueller's office has previously sought to interview the president about the obstruction issue, including his firing previous year of former FBI Director James Comey and his public attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mueller is also investigating whether Trump may have tried to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation after winning office, but Giuliani said yesterday that no questions on the obstruction issue would be part of the first round of questions.

Giuliani added that for now, there's "no commitment on obstruction which are post-presidential matters", but said the legal team would agree to talk "after the collusion/pre-presidential questions are over".

"I thought we were close to having an agreement until they came back with, 'You have to agree now that you'll allow a follow-up, ' and I don't see how we can do it", Giuliani told Reuters. "Show us why you didn't get there the first time", Mr. Giuliani said. Trump has also denied any campaign collusion.

"We have said we would agree to written questions on Russian Federation after we review questions but no further commitment on interviews", Giuliani told NBC News. The probe's opponents slammed it as judicial overreach, and Trump himself has always been calling the entire investigation a "witch hunt". While Trump has the legal power to, and has said he feels he has the full right sack the special counsel, the probe continues and Mueller is still at its helm. The former FBI director claimed Trump pushed him to stop a probe into Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI and is cooperating with the Russian investigation. Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt".

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