The discussions for a possible presidential interview are continuing. The focus of the letter was an emphasis on written questions for the President, according to one source. Another source said Mueller’s letter stated the written responses would pertain to questions regarding potential conspiring between Trump associates and Russia. The response left unresolved the issue of an in-person interview and questions regarding Trump’s time in office, the source added.
The response was received on Friday, three-and-a-half weeks after the President’s lawyers submitted their last offer. Trump’s team hasn’t responded to the latest Mueller proposal.
The Trump legal team’s position has been that any sit-down interview has to be limited to matters before Trump became President, and for questions related to possible obstruction and other post-inauguration matters to be done in writing.
In mid-August, the President called Mueller “highly conflicted” and said “let him write his report.”
Should the President refuse, Mueller could seek a subpoena to compel him to talk. That’s an effort that could lead to a Supreme Court challenge by the White House.
The Trump legal team view is that Mueller would be less likely to succeed in subpoenaing over issues of obstruction given executive privilege issues, for example, when it comes to the President’s discussions with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the firing of Comey, according to another source.