Trump's lawyers desperately trying to convince Mueller to wrap up his investigation

Sam Nunberg a onetime campaign aide to Donald Trump who recently met with investigators for the special counsel said

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The two conversations, while not explicitly illegal, were incredibly unwise and have caused Mueller to begin questioning witnesses about their interactions with the president regarding the investigation itself.

Mueller's investigation arose in part from the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 election and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump who won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The president's legal team expect those questions "to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey", the report continued.

In another conversation, Trump grilled his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, about his interview with Mueller's team. Mr. McGahn did not publicly deny the article, and the president later confronted him in the Oval Office in front of the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, according to the people.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators are aware of two occasions where Trump asked witnesses about conversations they had with investigators, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the encounters. As part of his probe, Mueller is also investigating any potential obstruction of justice.

A headline like "Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel" can seem boring in comparison.

Trump has said he is "looking forward" to speaking with the special counsel's team, but his lawyers have repeatedly emphasized that he would only agree under certain conditions. In recent interviews, Mueller's team has asked witnesses about their interactions with Trump since the probe began.

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Because the president is already being investigated for possible obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation probe, and talking to witnesses who are talking to the special counsel could be seen as witness tampering.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump's lawyers may negotiate a meeting between the president and the special counsel "as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russian Federation investigation". In December, during a meeting in the West Wing, the president brought up Priebus' meeting with Mueller, asking how it went and if investigators had been "nice".

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