Trump wants to meet with Mueller despite lawyers' warnings

President Trump still wants to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller — despite his lawyers urging him not to accept an interview, according to a report Wednesday.

One person familiar with the President's thinking told CNN that Trump wants to talk with Mueller because he believes he is completely innocent.

Trump also believes his history of handling lawsuits will help him get through the complex process.

Mueller is running the wide-ranging probe into Russian election interference and is looking at the possibility that Trump associates coordinated with the Kremlin.

He is also examining whether the President attempted to obstruct justice by interfering with the federal investigation.

“He thinks he can work this,” a source told CNN. “He doesn't realize how high the stakes are.”

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

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Former FBI Director James Comey

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Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

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Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer

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White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks

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Trump advisor Stephen Miller

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President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner 


Don McGahn, general counsel for the Trump transition team

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Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who compiled the reported Trump dossier 

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Sam Clovis, a former member of the Trump campaign

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Mueller has yet to formally ask for a sitdown with the commander-in-chief, but a request is expected in the coming weeks, according to multiple reports.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has said publicly he welcomes the idea of meeting with Mueller.

Last month, he told reporters that there’s been “no collusion whatsoever” and said he “would love to” talk to Mueller under oath.

He also defended his multi-pronged attacks on the investigation, including his firing of FBI director James Comey as merely “fighting back.”

But his lawyers are against the idea of putting the President into a room with experienced prosecutors.

Trump’s attorneys are afraid the President, who has a penchant for hyperbole and a history of contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators, according to the New York Times.

They are arguing for a partial, written exchange instead and attempting to find other ways to avoid an in-person interview without stonewalling the investigation.

A refusal to cooperate with the special counsel could trigger a heated Supreme Court battle.

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Putting the Trump-Russia timeline into perspective
June 7: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive party nominees
June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton's missing 33,000 emails
July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn't call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
July 25: Democratic convention begins
July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: "If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing"
August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia's interference. "[I] told him if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy," Brennan said on "Meet the Press" yesterday.
October 4: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails
October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
October 31: "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove," Trump says on the campaign trail
November 4: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," Trump says from Ohio.

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