Lawyers representing President Donald Trump are seeking a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to end his investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and obstruction of justice for the firing of ex-FBI director James Comey.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump’s lawyers may negotiate a meeting between the president and the special counsel “as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation.”
According to a source close to the investigation who spoke with the Journal, the president’s legal team is considering potentially using a sit-down meeting with Mueller in exchange for a number of factors, “including that the special counsel commit to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation.” One deadline they floated was 60 days after said meeting, the source told the Journal.
Beyond weighing strategies to hurry the conclusion of the investigation, Trump’s lawyers are also reportedly considering ways to strike an agreement with the special counsel “on the scope of his questioning of the president,” other sources familiar with the matter told the Journal. The president’s legal team expect those questions “to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI director James Comey,” the report continued.
Trump’s legal team, the Journal noted, has been “under pressure” from the president to end Mueller’s investigation. The president is “eager to see the investigation wrap up as quickly as possible, describing it as a distraction that is hurting the country,” the report continued.
“His lawyers have repeatedly laid out public timelines by which they expected the investigation to end,” the report noted. “Those deadlines have come and gone.”