Trump will talk to Mueller if he speeds up Russian Federation probe

Mueller reportedly subpoenas one witness's communications with Trump among others

Trump has denied there was any collusion.

White House chief of staff John Kelly has warned President Donald Trump to be careful about talking to witnesses in the Russian Federation investigation, a White House official told CNN on Thursday.

Trump stunned his own attorneys when he announced in January that he was "looking forward" to sitting down with Mueller's investigators.

According to the report, Trump's lawyers are weighing several conditions for a sit-down interview, including that Mueller commits "to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation" - possibly within 60 days of the session.

The president's attorneys also anticipate an interview with special counsel would largely remain focused on the controversial firings of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and one-time national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Priebus shared no details beyond saying the Special Counsel's team were courteous and professional. Witnesses and lawyers who learned of the two conversations told Mueller, who is also investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation, about them; the legal experts say Mueller will likely now direct an increased focus toward Trump's interactions with witnesses in the investigation, and that the conversations with McGahn and Priebus could be used as evidence in a possible obstruction case.

In other words, if the three sources who gave the Times its scoop are right, Trump might be making matters worse for himself without knowing it.

Mr Trump dismissed the report as "fake news" at the time. In another instance, the Times reported based on two people familiar with the conversation, Mr. Trump asked his former chief of staff Reince Priebus how his interview with Mueller's team went, and whether the investigators were "nice".

Comey was sacked by President Trump during his investigation of possible Russian collusion with the Republican's presidential campaign.

In the exchange for an interview with the president, special counsel would need to meet a few conditions: a 60-day deadline on the Russian Federation probe would start ticking down right after the interview and, according to the Journal, the breadth of Mueller's questions could also be limited.

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