Trump lawyers said to seek deal on ‘Russia’ probe as basis for interview with Mueller

Trump lawyers said to seek deal on ‘Russia’ probe as basis for interview with Mueller

[Ed. – This isn’t about Trump pleading to anything.  If it’s even true — and there’s a lot of nonsense being shopped around out there — it’s about making a Trump interview conditional on agreements from Mueller.]

President Donald Trump’s lawyers are seeking to negotiate a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that uses an interview with the president as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The president’s legal team is considering telling Mr. Mueller that Mr. Trump would agree to a sit-down interview based on multiple considerations, including that the special counsel commit to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation. One idea is to suggest a deadline of 60 days from the date of the interview, the person said.

Another consideration for the legal team is reaching an agreement with Mr. Mueller on the scope of his questioning of the president, which they expect to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, according to people familiar with the matter.

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