Some of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE’s advisers and friends are telling the president he shouldn’t sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller Robert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, CNN reported Thursday.
Trump team lawyers, White House insiders and friends are among those who have reportedly told Trump it would be unwise to talk to the special counsel, arguing that doing so could land the president in hot water politically or legally.
“I think the entire Mueller probe is infected by intractable bias. And the president only risks some inadvertent misstatement becoming a new national narrative by doing that,” Rep. Matt Gaetz Matthew (Matt) GaetzGOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Anger at Mueller burns hot on the right Sessions defends Lynch’s use of an email pseudonym: ‘I have a pseudonym’ MORE (R-Fla.) told CNN.
Gaetz is one of several Republican lawmakers who have accused Mueller of bias against the president after a former Mueller team member was revealed to have sent anti-Trump texts.
Others told CNN that Trump should cooperate with the Mueller probe, or place limitations on any potential interview.
Rep. Steve King Steven (Steve) Arnold KingDem proposes repealing Capitol gun ban in response to concealed-carry bill More than a dozen lawmakers put family on campaign payroll Steve King defends Arpaio: ‘I don’t agree that profiling is wrong’ MORE (R-Iowa) suggested Trump’s team answer Mueller’s questions in writing, while Sen. Thom Tillis Thomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Grassley offers DACA fix tied to tough enforcement measures We are running out of time to protect Dreamers MORE (R-N.C.) said Trump’s lawyers should set limits on what would be covered in the interview.
Multiple reports this week said that Mueller is likely to interview Trump in the coming weeks as part of the special counsel investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Last summer, Trump said he’d be willing to commit to an interview with Mueller, but when asked again about the prospect on Wednesday, Trump dodged the question.
“We’ll see what happens,” the president said when pressed by a reporter on Wednesday. “When they have no collusion … it seems unlikely that you’d even have an interview.”
Mueller’s probe has led to two indictments and two guilty pleas thus far.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Paul John ManafortJudge warns Manafort not to discuss case with media Manafort involved in drafting op-ed defending his Ukrainian work: court papers Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report MORE and his former associate, Richard Gates, were indicted on money laundering and tax fraud charges.
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign policy adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosMueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report Papadopoulos lied to FBI out of loyalty to Trump: report White House was not aware Clovis testified before grand jury: report MORE have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.