Trump's Lawyers Send Mueller a Counteroffer

Rudy Giuliani says negotiations should be over by Sept. 1
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2018 1:05 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump arrives for a dinner with business leaders, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

"This should be over by September 1st," said Rudy Giuliani in reference to negotiations over a possible interview between President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller. "We have now given him an answer, he obviously he should take a few days to consider it, but we should get this resolved," Giuliani said, per ABC News, confirming that a counteroffer was made on Wednesday. "If there is going to be an interview, let's have it. If there's not going to be an interview, let him write his report." Giuliani also indicated Mueller might as well go ahead and just write the report. "He has got all the information he needs, the interview would provide nothing in addition to what he already has."

CNN reports Giuliani would only describe the counteroffer's contents in vague terms: "There is an area where we could agree, if they agree." He wouldn't specify whether the "area" involved collusion or obstruction. The New York Times gets only slightly more specific via its sources, reporting the counteroffer, the latest in eight months of negotiations between the two sides, "suggested a narrow path for answering questions." The Times observes that "by making another counterproposal after months of promises that they were just weeks away from deciding about an interview, Mr. Trump's lawyers run the risk that Mr. Mueller could conclude they are negotiating in bad faith to prolong the investigation," which could potentially lead to a subpoena.

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