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>> President Trump has said on several occasions that he's eager to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Russia investigation.>> Are you gonna talk to Mueller?>> I'm looking forward to it actually.>> You want to->> But according to a New York Times report, his lawyers don't think that's such a good idea, and have advised him not to do so.
Four sources told the newspaper Monday that the President's lawyers are concerned that if Trump gives a freewheeling interview to Mueller, he could be charged with lying to investigators. Given what the sources described as his penchant for making false statements and contradicting himself. But, if Trump refuses to cooperate, Mueller could subpoena him to testify before Grand Jury anyway.
And that could trigger a court fight and a serious showdown with the White House. In response to requests for comment from Reuters, Trumps lawyer said in a statement, that the discussions between the White House and the Special Councils Office are quote, understandably private. As various investigations into any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia continue in Washington.
Sources also told Reuters that former White House Senior Strategist Steve Bannon will not testify before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, despite a subpoena requiring him to show up. But the same sources say Bannon is expected to answer all of Mueller's questions when he appears before him next week.
President Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and has repeatedly, dismissed the Russia probe as a witch hunt.