Team Trump may ask Special Counsel Robert Mueller to interview the President as part of his quickening Russia election probe, according to a report.
Those close to the President think that having Trump sit-down with the former FBI Director may speed along an inquiry that has surrounded the administration with questions of potential campaign collusion with the Kremlin, POLITICO reported Thursday.
Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate’s iteration of the Russia investigation that there was no investigation into Trump personally when the President fired him in May.
Mueller was appointed shortly afterwards to conduct an independent look into the alleged Moscow effort to move the election towards the Republican, and the Washington Post reported in June that he is looking at the President himself.
Some legal experts suggest that Trump obstructed justice by allegedly asking Comey to drop an investigation into disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has become one of the centers of the Russia investigation since he was fired in February.
Though the President has threatened to fire Mueller and warned him against looking into his family’s finances, Trump has previously said that he would be willing to sit down with prosecutors under oath.
The move that could have his statements picked apart for untruths about what he knew of the alleged Kremlin campaign and when he knew it.
Bill Clinton was the last president to face questions under oath, during prosecutor Ken Starr’s look into the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
That testimony came after Starr was forced to subpoena the Clinton, a first for a sitting president.
Reports last month said that Mueller has already begun interviewing members of Trump’s White House staff, though what they were asked is unclear.
Mueller has so far been the most active against Trump associates outside of the administration, including a pre-dawn raid of former campaign chair Paul Manafort’s Virginia home.
Manafort was told afterwards that he will be indicted, sources told multiple outlets last month who said that he is being investigated for tax and financial crimes.