Giuliani: Trump team has responded to Muller interview offer


Special counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his probe into Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election despite a claim by President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the deadline to close it has passed.

Mueller's investigators and Trump's legal team have engaged in a monthslong back-and-forth about whether Trump will sit down for an interview.

However, in a new interview with the conservative Daily Caller, the president let on he was also disturbed by something equally scandalous, the fact that Comey and Mueller were so chummy that they frequently hugged and kissed each other - and Trump has pictures to prove it.

Sources said the tone prompted Trump allies to believe that any interview will be more limited in scope than the president's legal team initially believed.

"On another significant aspect of the investigation - whether the president tried to obstruct the inquiry itself - Mr. Mueller and his investigators understood that issues of executive privilege could complicate their pursuit of a presidential interview and did not ask for written responses on that matter, according to the letter, which was sent on Friday", the Times reported.

Although the Times reports that Mueller "did not say that he was giving up on an interview altogether".

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Reached by ABC News, the Trump legal team declined to comment.

Earlier this month, Trump's attorneys rejected Mueller's proposal to ask Trump questions he had about his actions as president and said they would consider having him answer some questionsabout the campaign period in writing.

The president claimed he had a previous business dispute with Mueller, but he offered no specifics - and then claimed to have compromising photographs of the two former Federal Bureau of Investigation directors together. You know, he's Comey's best friend, ' Trump said.

The White House Counsel's Office, led by attorney Emmet Flood, has been girding to fight a subpoena for Trump's testimony under oath.

And for another, Trump claimed, without any proof that Comey and Mueller are "best friends" and even more, of the "hugging and kissing" variety.

Comey is a key witness in a possible obstruction of justice case against the president. "We are now awaiting their response", Giuliani said.