Robert Mueller offers to adjust interview format with President Trump

Robert Mueller offers to adjust interview format with President Trump

Coats declined to comment on Trump's meeting with Putin, saying, "I am not in a position fully to understand what happened in Helsinki".

Trump's actions are under scrutiny by Mueller, who is examining whether the president has sought to block the probe into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump's legal team and special counsel Robert Mueller's office are reportedly closing in on a deal to allow Mueller to interview the president.

Sessions was an ardent Trump supporter and had met Russia's ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during Trump's campaign and later had to recuse himself from the Russian probe according to the US Department of Justice guidelines.

Trump, in a series of tweets blasting the investigation, said Sessions should "stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further". "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to US!" he wrote.

Richard Blumenthal, a former prosecutor, said Trump's tweets could help build a case of obstruction of justice against him. Mueller is a Republican who was appointed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director by President George W. Bush, and the man who tapped him as special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was named by Trump and is also a registered Republican.

Responding to wide-ranging criticism it lacked a clear national strategy to protect US elections, the White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect the cornerstone of USA democracy. She insisted the president's tweets are an "opinion" - but not an order.

Some legal analysts said Wednesday's tweet alone was not enough to bring an obstruction of justice charge but it could be used to establish a pattern of conduct revealing Trump's intentions.

Trump has repeatedly belittled the probe as "a hoax", as those close to him suggest he feels that any talk of Russian interference tarnishes his electoral victory and delegitimizes his presidency.

Giuliani told reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday said that Trump remained willing to be interviewed if the lawyers can agree on ground rules.

Mr Manafort's involvement in the Trump campaign spanned six months and he led efforts to secure the Republican nomination for Trump 2016.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said that the president was obstructing justice in "full public view".

Giuliani said Trump could end the investigation directly if he wanted to. They also pressed Mueller's investigators to demonstrate that they can not obtain the information they are seeking without interviewing the president. They also pressed Mueller's investigators to demonstrate that they could not obtain the information they were seeking without interviewing the President. "They are ongoing. We haven't reached an agreement yet on any terms of such an interview and I can't predict whether we will reach agreement or not", said Scott Balber, the attorney for the Agalarovs. Mueller was appointed to investigate the allegations following Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. I think that would've been a much clearer, much bolder statement to be able to confront him.

The latest proposal by the special counsel comes as Trump has stepped up his attacks on his investigation and Mueller personally. NBC reported that the Agalarovs partnered with the Trump Organization to host this event and were involved in getting Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr., and Kushner in the same room, evidently for some dirt on Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

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