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WSJ: Trump Legal Team Debates Limited Mueller Testimony

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By    |   Sunday, 25 February 2018 02:27 PM

White House legal advisers are weighing options on having President Donald Trump testifying to FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"Everything is on the table," a source close to the legal team told the Journal.

The legal team is seeking to minimize risk of a "potential perjury trap," seeking to limit the scope of questions and the amount of verbal questions, according to the report.

Mueller's investigation began with the intent of determining the source of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential Trump campaign collusion, but it has expanded to the presidential transition after the election and whether President Trump might have committed obstruction of justice in a series of decisions including firing of FBI Director James Comey.

President Trump has repeatedly rebuked the political bias of the probe, rejecting the claims of Trump campaign collusion and those seeking obstruction of justice charges as a "witch hunt."

There is debate ongoing inside the legal team over whether President Trump should testify and under what conditions. One member of the team even considers testifying to be a "bad precedent for future presidents, eroding their powers," and asks whether testimony is needed, according to the report.

"[Mueller] has all of the notes and memos of the thoughts and actions of this president on all subjects he requested in real time without reservation or qualification, including testimony from his most intimate staff and eight lawyers from the White House Counsel's Office," the source told the Journal. "Any question for the president is answered in these materials and testimony.

". . . It would be a travesty to waste his [Trump's] time and to set a precedent which would cripple a future president."

It is unclear whether Mueller's investigators would agree to limited testimony, according to the report.

"The sooner they make the president available to submit to an interview, the faster that Bob Mueller can get to the finish line and be over and done," former Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray told the Journal.

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