Trump's lawyers fear he gave Mueller a massive gift with this week's Putin disaster: CNN
President Donald Trump's manner with Russian leader Vladimir Putin was in contrast to the anger he flashed at NATO allies. (AFP / Brendan Smialowski)

President Donald Trump's lawyers are reportedly worried that he gave special counsel Robert Mueller's probe a massive public relations boost this week thanks to his disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During a Friday CNN segment, Gloria Borger reported that the president's legal team had initially felt good about its work in undermining public support for Mueller's probe -- until, that is, Trump drew widespread criticism for looking like Putin's puppet on the world stage.

"Once Donald Trump spoke at Helsinki, and his performance was universally or nearly universally panned, what we're hearing is that the lawyers are saying, 'You know, wait a minute, it's harder to make the witch hunt case in a way when you have so many people who were appalled at the president's performance," Borger explained. "This is now a concern of theirs and the question, of course, is whether Mueller could be slow walking now in terms of an interview."

CNN's Dana Bash added that she's heard Trump lawyers also fear that Mueller's office might be giving up on trying to negotiate the terms of an interview with Trump, and instead might decide to slap him with a subpoena that orders him to testify in front of a grand jury.

"It's the sound of silence," she said, referring to what Trump's lawyers have been hearing from Mueller's team recently.

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