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Tags: Donald Trump | Russia | special counsel | testimony | robert mueller | negotiations | rudy giuliani

Report: Trump, Mueller Sit-Down Negotiations 'Near the End'

Report: Trump, Mueller Sit-Down Negotiations 'Near the End'
Special counsel Robert Mueller (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 August 2018 08:39 PM

Negotiations about a sit-down between special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump are "down near the end," Rudy Giuliani told The Hill on Tuesday.

The New York Times last week reported Trump has been pushing to sit down with Mueller to clear his name, and had urged his legal team to come to an agreement. The report comes after Mueller responded to a letter from Trump's attorneys regarding the scope and format of a potential interview.

Mueller reportedly still wants ask Trump about obstruction of justice and other topics, but Giuliani has said Trump's team wants an interview limited to questions involving alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, arguing no "legal basis" exists for the president to be questioned about obstruction.

Giuliani told The Hill the Trump team was not going to agree to all of Mueller's requests, but insisted, "we're not giving them a straight turndown."

"I hope it is in the realm of debatable and negotiable," he added.

Giuliani also said Trump's team was writing a response to Mueller's letter, and it will be finished by Wednesday or Thursday. Former FBI Director James Comey in April said there was evidence Trump obstructed justice when he asked Comey about the investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"It would depend, and — and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor — it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent," Comey, who was fired by Trump in May of 2017, said at the time.

Giuliani says Comey's account is false, but is concerned the president could be walking into what they call a "perjury trap."

"The answer is not going to change," Giuliani said. "The answer as to when he asked Comey to go easy — the answer is he did not. Now, If they have Comey saying that he did, the only reason they want [Trump] to say he did not, under oath, is to try to trap him into a perjury prosecution."

Giuliani added: "I can't help it if you believe Comey."

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity later Tuesday, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said of the Mueller probe, "I think it ends soon."

"This is a political process that is going forward," he said, adding: "There are serious constitutional implications of this, not just for this President but for the presidency. That's what history will remember."

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A sit-down between special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump is being negotiated "down near the end," according to Rudy Giuliani to The Hill on Tuesday.
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