Former New York City Mayor and current personal lawyer for President Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani, sat down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday to discuss the potential interview with Donald Trump.
Giuliani, who is the newly appointed head of Trump's legal team, had reportedly cautioned Mueller that Trump and his advisors are still adamantly opposed to the interview with Mueller's investigative team.
Last week, Giuliani became the latest addition to the legal team and was immediately tasked with dealing with the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During the reported meeting that took place on Tuesday, the president's new personal attorney raised suspicious questions about the nature of the investigation, notably asking when the investigation is expected to end.
Mueller responded by emphasizing the importance of speaking with President Trump.
The special counsel stated that he would ask Trump questions relating to the transition period and the earliest months of his administration. The window of time in question is thus late 2016 through early 2017.
He reportedly then clarified that speaking with the president would certainly help investigators reach conclusions about Trump's intent and, subsequently, end the investigation into possible obstruction of justice.
The Washington Post cited three people “familiar with the talks” in the report. Those people involved with the meeting asked to remain anonymous due to the fact that they were not authorized to speak freely about the event.
The meeting itself came after the renewal of talks that had become stagnant following the resignation last month of Trump's lead attorney on the investigation, John Dowd, a staunch opponent of the proposed interview.
Both Mueller and Giuliani were accompanied by members of their respective teams during the meeting at Mueller's office in Southwest Washington. According to one of the sources, the meeting was relatively relaxed and gave both sides the opportunity to “feel each other out.”
“I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,” Giuliani said to the Post last week.
President Trump followed up with a statement last week, saying Giuliani wanted to “get this matter quickly resolved.”
The president had briefly expressed a willingness to attend an interview with Mueller's team but has since started to reject the idea. Of course, he has also continued to deny the allegations of collusion.
An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow, has declined to state that the meeting even took place or to describe the discussions.
“We don’t discuss conversations with the Office of the Special Counsel,” Sekulow claimed. “We continue to maintain our ongoing cooperation.”
The consequences of the meeting could prove to be profound if the two legal teams iron out an agreement for an interview with the commander in chief.
H/T: Washington Post