It was reported by the New York Times this weekend that President Donald Trump refused to answer any of special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions that had to do with obstructions of justice.
Mueller asked Trump if he had discussions with Putin at any point during the campaign or if he spoke about sanctions to anyone. Trump didn’t answer any of the questions about obstruction but when it came to questions about Putin, Trump did answer.
According to CNN’s Pamela Brown, however, when Mueller investigators followed up with additional questions, the president’s attorneys refused to respond.
As the Mueller investigation winds down, an interview with the President remains an outstanding issue even as Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said an interview would happen ‘over my dead body,'” CNN reported. “One source familiar with the matter summed it up by saying, ‘Mueller is not satisfied.'”
Both sides are at a stand-still in the negotiations, meaning if Mueller wants answers, he’ll have to subpoena the president.
“And the Trump team appears to have hardened its position. It’s told the Mueller team that prosecutors have no cause to seek follow-up questions in person after the President’s team submitted written responses to questions before Thanksgiving,” CNN reported. “The Trump team has all but closed the door to any further responses to Mueller, the sources say.”