On Wednesday Trump unleashed several tweets on Wednesday attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and possible ties to the president’s campaign.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has offered to reduce the number of obstruction-related questions President Donald Trump would be asked by investigators, sources familiar with the negotiations tell CNN. However, Mueller wants obstruction to be addressed in person, not just in written answers.
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. Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told reporters Wednesday that the President’s legal team has received a response from Mueller’s team regarding their counter-proposal for a potential interview with the President.
“We’re in the process of responding to their proposal,” Giuliani said after an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, indicating that Mueller’s team had responded Tuesday. He added that Trump has “always been interested in testifying. It’s us, meaning the team of lawyers, including me, that have the most reservations about that.”
Giuliani also sent a message to Mueller: It’s time for the special counsel to “put up or shut up.”
“They should render their report. Put up — I mean I guess if we were playing poker (you would say) ‘Put up or shut up.’ What do you got?” Giuliani said. “We have every reason to believe they don’t have anything of the President doing anything wrong. I don’t think they have any evidence he did anything wrong.” Mueller’s response, according to a source familiar with the matter, suggested adding a few more questions in writing and others as part of a potential sit-down interview.
Earlier: President Donald Trump says his attorney general should put an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Trump made his views known in a series of tweets as the trial of his onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, enters its second day in a Virginia courtroom. He’s on trial for bank fraud and tax evasion charges.
The president says Attorney General Jeff Sessions “should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.”
Congressional Republicans say the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller needs to run its course despite President Donald Trump’s call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut it down.
AP reported that the White House says that President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the special counsel’s Russia probe is not obstruction. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Trump’s broadsides are simply the president “fighting back.” She also offered an explanation of the president’s tweet in which he called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions “should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.”
Sanders said “It’s not an order. It’s the president’s opinion.”