Donald Trump less likely to sit for special counsel Robert Mueller interview

Vastavam web: An interview of U.S. President Donald Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller was less likely after this week’s FBI raids on Trump’s personal lawyer, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.Trump was infuriated by Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Monday on the New York law office and home of Michael Cohen, which followed a referral by Mueller.

In a tweet early on Thursday, Trump said that he backed a “cooperative” approach to Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s presidential campaign.“I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller,” Trump said on Twitter.Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings that it interfered in the 2016 campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump’s favour. Trump has denied any collusion and has repeatedly attacked Mueller’s investigation as a politically motivated “witch hunt.”

Trump’s outburst after the FBI searches raised concerns among critics and lawmakers, including some in Trump’s own Republican Party, that he might try to have Mueller removed.White House lawyers Ty Cobb and Donald McGahn have told Trump that firing Mueller would leave him vulnerable to charges of obstruction of justice, two officials told Reuters on Tuesday. They said Trump must have “good cause” to order the Justice Department official overseeing the Russia probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to oust Mueller.