Trump now less likely to sit for Mueller interview: sources

From Reuters - April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An interview of U.S. President Donald Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller was less likely after this weeks FBI raids on Trumps personal lawyer, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Trump was infuriated by Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Monday on the New York law office and home of Michael Cohen, which followed a referral by Mueller.

Still, the presidents tendency to change his mind added to uncertainty about whether an interview would ultimately take place.

In a tweet early on Thursday, Trump said that he backed a cooperative approach to Muellers investigation of possible collusion between Moscow and Trumps presidential campaign.

I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller, Trump said on Twitter.

Further suggesting that tensions could blow over, a third source familiar with the matter said the relationship with Mueller remained strong and constructive and discussions were expected to recommence soon.

Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies findings that it interfered in the 2016 campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trumps favor. Trump has denied any collusion and has repeatedly attacked Muellers investigation as a politically motivated witch hunt.

Trumps outburst after the FBI searches raised concerns among critics and lawmakers, including some in Trumps own Republican Party, that he might try to have Mueller removed.

The president denied a New York Times report on Tuesday that he had sought to fire Mueller in December. If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him, he said on Twitter early on Thursday.



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