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Rudy Giuliani, attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives for the White House Sports as well as Fitness Day event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 30, 2018.
Lawyers for President Donald Trump are preparing written responses to questions sent by special counsel Robert Mueller, a person familiar with the matter told NBC News Thursday.
The questions, which have been sent back as well as forth between the two parties as well as refined for months, will center around Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between Trump’s associates as well as the Russian government, the source said.
CNN reported the action by Trump’s lawyers earlier Thursday afternoon.
The question-as well as-answer phase between Trump’s legal team as well as Mueller follows months of negotiations between the two sides over the format as well as subject matter of a potential interview with the president, as well as could signal a major shift inside pace of the ongoing probe.
Mueller may send more questions back to Trump’s lawyers after the first round are answered, CNN reported. Additionally, the possibility of a sit-down interview between Trump as well as Mueller’s investigators is actually still being debated.
“There are ongoing discussions with the Office of Special Counsel as well as we cannot discuss publicly the contents of those discussions,” Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow told NBC News on Thursday.
A spokeswoman for another of Trump’s lawyers, former brand new York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment on the report.
Mueller was appointed as special counsel in May 2017 to investigate Russian interference inside 2016 presidential election. The team is actually also looking into whether Trump obstructed justice, possibly by firing former FBI Director James Comey.