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Russia probe: After Sessions, Mueller seeks to question Donald Trump

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for several hours by special counsel investigators, according to US Justice Department officials

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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Donald Trump US President, to the media on the south lawn of the White House in Washington on Saturday

wants to question US on his decisions to fire his and the FBI chief, a media report said today, days after he interviewed the in a probe into whether colluded with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

Mueller, a former FBI director, has already interviewed several close aides and family members of Trump. He is also investigating whether Trump's actions in office, including the ouster of and firing of James Comey, constituted obstruction of justice.

Flynn resigned last February following reports that he had misled Vice and other officials about his communications with the then Russian to the US Sergey Kislyak.

Trump fired Comey in last May, days after he told that he could not comment on whether there was evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and At the time, Comey was overseeing the probe.

Last week, Jeff Sessions was interviewed for several hours by investigators, according to officials.

Sessions is the first member of Trump's Cabinet to be questioned in the probe.

Citing two people familiar with Mueller's plans, said Trump's attorneys have worked out terms for the president's interview with the Special counsel's team which could be presented to him "as soon as next week".

"The president's legal team hopes to provide Trump's testimony in a hybrid form answering some questions in a face-to-face interview and in a written statement," the report said.

Trump, earlier, had hinted that it "seems unlikely" that he would allow Mueller to "interview" him.

A stunning barrage of revelations have suggested that at least one strand of Mueller's Russia probe is racing toward its end game, emphasising the gravity of the situation facing the and the potential vulnerability of the President, commented.

Mueller's request to question Trump, and news that his team has already interviewed fired FBI Comey and Sessions, indicate that the has a clear picture of where he is headed in what could turn into an obstruction of justice case, legal experts were quoted as saying by the network.

"It's possible that Mueller is closing in on his determination about what obstruction looks like, whether it is a criminal offense in his mind, whether it is an impeachable offense, or whether it amounts to nothing," Michael Zeldin, a former at the Justice Department, told

Meanwhile, the said it supports "full transparency" around a secret memo criticising the FBI but it was for the to decide whether to release it or not.

"We certainly support full transparency, and we believe that's with the to make a choice," told reporters at her daily news conference.

She reiterated that the White House would be cooperative with Mueller.

"As we have said probably just about every day this year, that we are going to be fully cooperative with the special counsel and we are going to continue to do that throughout the process," Sanders said when asked whether the was open to being interviewed by Mueller.

"But we are also not going to comment on who may or may not, or could be interviewed at any point," she said.

Sanders said Trump wants the controversy should come to an end.

"The President wants to see this end, and he wants to see them finally come to the same conclusion that I think most in have, that there is nothing to this.

"They have spent the better part a year looking, digging, obsessing over trying to find something and are yet to find anything," she said.

First Published: Wed, January 24 2018. 16:45 IST