Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to interview President Donald Trump regarding his decisions to oust former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey, according to the Washington Post.
The move “indicates that his investigation is intensifying its focus on possible efforts by the president or others to obstruct or blunt the special counsel’s probe,” the Post claimed, citing two people familiar with the special counsel’s plans.
The president has faced accusations that he attempted to obstruct justice by firing Comey.
Advisers and friends of Trump have urged him not to be questioned in Mueller’s investigation, according to CNN, fearing that he will put himself in legal jeapordy.
“In my humble opinion, the shot of him actually testifying is near zero,” Steven Schlesinger, an attorney who worked for Trump on several lawsuits, told CNN earlier this month.
Trump’s lawyers are hoping to provide a “hybrid” testimony to Mueller, according to the Washington Post. Trump would answer some questions in a face-to-face interview, but provide others via a written statement.