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US Special counsel may question Trump on Russia probe

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US Robert Mueller's team wants to question as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, said today.

Mueller is trying to determine if Trump's campaign advisers colluded with the Russian to influence the

The investigation also reportedly involves a probe into whether the obstructed justice when he allegedly asked ex-FBI to drop an inquiry into former

Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, becoming the first senior to cut a cooperation deal in Muellers inquiry.

Now Trump's legal team is pushing for a written question and answer, multiple said.

There was no comment from Muller's office.

The and Trump has been saying that he is ready to cooperate as he has nothing to hide.

"Mr Trump's lawyers are expected to try to set ground rules for any interview or provide answers to written questions. If Mr Trump were to refuse outright to cooperate, Mr Mueller could respond with a grand jury subpoena," The New York Times said.

said some members of Trump's legal team believe a meeting between the and Mueller would be 'gratuitous'.

"The does not comment on communications with the Office of the out of respect for the Office of the and its process. The White House is continuing its full cooperation with the Office of the Special Counsel in order to facilitate the earliest possible resolution," an attorney, who heads Trumps private legal team, said.

The possibility of Muller seeking to interview Trump, another said is an indication that the investigation is entering its final phase.

"This is moving faster than anyone really realises," a source told

Trump is comfortable participating in an interview and believes it would put to rest the questions about whether his campaign coordinated with in the 2016 election, the person added.

So far, Mueller has interviewed several top present and former White House officials. Prominent among them include Trump's

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 11:30 IST