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NYT: Mueller Wants to Interview Trump on Son's Russia Meeting

NYT: Mueller Wants to Interview Trump on Son's Russia Meeting
Donald Trump Jr. (Richard Drew/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:47 PM

FBI special counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Donald Trump on his role in drafting a statement saying that his son's June 2016 meeting with Russians was about adoptions — not on obtaining negative information on Hillary Clinton, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Mueller's team "recently notified" the president's lawyers that the July 7 meeting aboard Air Force One was "one of about a dozen subjects that prosecutors want to discuss in a face-to-face interview of Mr. Trump that is still being negotiated," according to the report.

Further, Mueller is investigating how the statement eventually released by Donald Trump Jr. was "handled in real time in part because the president was involved in his administration's response."

The episode stemmed from Times queries about a report underway on the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and other Russians.

In that report, Trump Jr. said in the statement that the session was "primarily about an adoption program" — though later reporting disclosed it was to obtain the negative information on Democrat Clinton.

Others in attendance were then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law who now is a top White House adviser.

The following week, Trump Jr. released emails he exchanged ahead of the meeting.

According to the Times on Wednesday, "the president supervised the writing of the statement, according to three people familiar with the episode, with input from other White House aides."

In addition, Mueller's investigators requested an interview last week from Mark Corallo, who resigned in July as a spokesman for President Trump's legal team.

He has agreed to the session, the Times reported, "according to three people with knowledge of the request."

Corallo is expected to tell Mueller about a conference call with President Trump and Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, the people said.

During the call, according to Corallo, Hicks said "emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting — in which the younger Mr. Trump said he was eager to receive political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians — 'will never get out.'"

The statement left Corallo "with concerns that Ms. Hicks could be contemplating obstructing justice," according to the report.

Robert Trout, Hicks' attorney, denied the allegations.

"As most reporters know, it's not my practice to comment in response to questions from the media," Trout told the Times in a statement. "But this warrants a response.

"She never said that," he continued. "And the idea that Hope Hicks ever suggested that emails or other documents would be concealed or destroyed is completely false."

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