President Donald Trump's attorneys have begun informally preparing him for a possible interview with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller, CNN reported Friday.
The report cited "a White House official and a person familiar with the situation," with another source "familiar with the proceedings" stressing that the preparation efforts were "in its infancy."
Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer handling the Russia probe, and Jay Sekulow, President Trump's personal attorney, declined to comment.
President Trump has not formally agreed to sit down with Mueller, though he told reporters in January that he was "looking forward" to an interview.
"I'd love to do it," Trump said, noting that his lawyers told him that an interview would occur within "two to three weeks."
However, no interview has been agreed to — and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that talks were continuing between Trump and his lawyers about a possible interview.
"The president is working in conjunction with his legal team and making a determination," Sanders said at the daily briefing.
"We're continuing to be fully cooperative with the Office of the Special Counsel — and we'll continue driving the same message that we've been driving for over a year, that there was no collusion."
The president has also repeatedly slammed the Mueller probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax."
According to CNN, the sessions between Trump and his lawyers have been "short and informal and included going over potential topics ... that Mueller would likely raise in an interview."
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