US Special counsel team wants to question Trump on Russia probe

Vastavam web: US Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wants to question President Donald Trump as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, media reports said today.Mueller is trying to determine if Trump’s campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to influence the election.Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, becoming the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in Mueller s inquiry.

Now Trump’s legal team is pushing for a written question and answer, multiple media reports said.”Mr Trump’s lawyers are expected to try to set ground rules for any interview or provide answers to written questions. If Mr Trump were to refuse outright to cooperate, Mr Mueller could respond with a grand jury subpoena,” The New York Times said.The Wall Street Journal said some members of Trump’s legal team believe a meeting between the president and Mueller would be ‘gratuitous’.The possibility of Muller seeking to interview Trump, another media outlet said is an indication that the investigation is entering its final phase.

“This is moving faster than anyone really realises,” a source told The Washington Post.Trump is comfortable participating in an interview and believes it would put to rest the questions about whether his campaign coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election, the person added.