Giuliani Says Trump Will Not Answer Mueller's Obstruction Questions

Breaking Trump makes a key decision about Mueller’s request to answer questions

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 U.S. election, Rudy Giuliani, who is representing the president, said yesterday.

But in a subsequent interview on NBC, he said those questions are "not ruled in or out".

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

Mueller is looking at whether the president obstructed justice in the Russian Federation investigation by firing FBI Director James Comey a year ago, and by criticizing his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the case in early 2017.

It's unclear if Mr. Giuliani's public position has been endorsed by Mr. Trump, who has said he wants to answer questions under oath. "After we finish this we will assess it with no agreement to any post-presidential questions", Giuliani told NBC News.

In subsequent interviews late Thursday, Giuliani backtracked slightly, saying that talks over answering obstruction questions were ongoing.

"I think that if we're going to meet it's got to be a fair meeting", he added.

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"It would be in written form and if you want to follow up on our answers, justify it", he said.

There is an internal debate brewing within Trump's personal legal team regarding an in-person interview with the special counsel. "Show us why you didn't get there the first time", Mr. Giuliani said.

The AP said that Giuliani, in an interview, had told the wire service that it was a "no-go", and "there will be no questions at all on obstruction".

Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani have led an onslaught of attacks on Mr. Mueller's credibility, claiming that the special counsel was biased and that the entire probe was a "witch hunt".

He also remarked on former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who is to be sentenced Friday for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mueller's probe, which has come to be known as "Russiagate", has been around nearly as long as Trump has been president. Also, investigation into Trump is just a part of the investigation and not the Russian investigation as a whole.

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