Trump team rejects Mueller’s interview request but offers sitdown under narrow terms

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said negotiations over a potential sitdown should wrap up by the end of the month.

Donald Trump’s legal team has rejected the special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest terms for an interview with the president as part of the Russia investigation, and put forward a counter-offer, according to US media reports.

“We have now given him an answer. Obviously, he should take a few days to consider it, but we should get this resolved,” Trump’s lawyer, the former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, said on Wednesday on a radio show hosted by a fellow Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow.

Mueller and his team have been seeking to grill Trump as they investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, as part of the effort to determine whether anyone on the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian efforts and whether Trump has obstructed justice.

Trump has said he wants to sit down with the investigators but his lawyers have resisted, fearing he could end up accused of lying to investigators based on his statements in an interview.

Giuliani said negotiations over a potential sitdown should wrap up by the end of the month.

“We do not want to run into the November elections. So back up from that, this should be…

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