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Talks reportedly are underway about a Trump interview in Robert Mueller's Russia probe


President Trump’s legal team expects that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will ask to interview him during his Russia investigation, according to NBC News.

NBC News on Monday reported that three people familiar with the matter say Trump’s legal team is discussing a range of potential options for the format of such an encounter.

Trump’s team is seeking clarification on whether Mueller would directly interview the president during his probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

The group is also looking for information on the legal standard for when a president can be interviewed and the location of such an event.

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The topics and duration of such a conversation are other concerns, and two sources told NBC News that Trump’s team is seeking possible compromises for avoiding an interview entirely.

One person said it is a possibility that Trump’s legal team suggests he submits written responses in lieu of an interview.

Another individual familiar with Trump’s legal strategy said another idea under consideration is Trump signing an affidavit on the matter.

The affidavit would state that Trump is innocent of any wrongdoing and deny any collusion between himself and Russia.

NBC News on Monday reported it is unclear what such a document would state about Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey last year.

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Trump’s decision to oust Comey came as he was leading the FBI’s examination of Russian interference in the 2016 race.

The move prompted Mueller’s appointment as special counsel, and it has also lead some of Trump’s critics to suggest he obstructed justice at the time.

Mueller’s investigation includes whether Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign colluded at the time.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion occurred, and he has labeled the probe a “witch hunt” against him and his administration.

A person familiar with Trump’s legal team said internal talks about Mueller’s probe interviewing Trump began last October.

Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, was indicted at the time for money laundering in relation to his business dealings with Ukraine.

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