Special counsel Robert Mueller is willing to accept written responses from U.S. President Donald Trump regarding any potential co-ordination between his campaign and the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Attorneys sent a response letter Wednesday after Mueller's team notified the president's lawyers they were open to limiting questions to Russian Federation and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
The note, which The Times reported was sent Friday, also didn't ask for written responses on another aspect of the probe - whether tried to obstruct the investigation - because of issues related to executive privilege.
He pointed out that Trump's legal team has handed over 1.4 million pages of documents to the special counsel's office.
President Trump is pushing especially hard for Kavanaugh's confirmation, Noah said, suggesting one possible reason: "While he's being investigated, he nominates a guy who thinks presidents shouldn't be investigated".
Some of Trump's advisers viewed Mueller's new letter as a sign of begrudging acceptance that he would lose a legal battle to compel the president to testify. In March, Mueller raised the prospect of subpoenaing Trump if he refused to be questioned voluntarily.
But according to Trump, Mueller is prejudiced against him because he got his best friend, Comey, fired.
"This White House has been the most transparent in history when it comes to investigations or inquiries like this", Sekulow said.
Mueller has been seeking to press Trump about two broad topics: what his campaign knew about efforts by Russian operatives to disrupt the 2016 campaign and whether actions he has taken as president, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, were aimed at thwarting the probe of Russian interference.
Mr. Trump's legal team has not seen the questions from the special counsel.
Mueller so far has not requested to ask any questions about obstruction, but included a line in his message to Trump's attorneys that he may want to ask questions about obstruction at some point in the future. Trump has said he knew nothing about the meeting before it happened.
And for another, Trump claimed, without any proof that Comey and Mueller are "best friends" and even more, of the "hugging and kissing" variety.