Sources close to the White House tell ABC News that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office responded to President Donald Trump's legal team late last week regarding a potential interview with the president.
Giuliani, who like the president has repeatedly described the Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt", told journalist Jeffrey Toobin that Trump's original legal team had struck a deal with Mueller about his expected final report that would allow the White House to "object to the public disclosure of information that might be covered by executive privilege". The Associated Press, reporting separately citing a person familiar with the letter, said Mueller's office "indicated it would later assess what additional information it needs from the president, leaving open the possibility that Mueller's team might still seek answers on obstruction-related questions in an in-person interview".
A spokesman for the special counsel's office did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
Trump's willingness to sit down with Mueller has always been a subject of contention.
Trump's personal attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, declined to comment.
Mueller's investigators and Trump's legal team have engaged in a monthslong back-and-forth about whether Trump will sit down for an interview. In March, Mueller raised the prospect of subpoenaing Trump if he refused to be questioned voluntarily.
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The president's attorneys have made it clear they will not allow any questions that deal with the president's powers under Article II of the Constitution, which includes hiring and firing of federal officials. That's an effort that could lead to a Supreme Court challenge by the White House.
The letter was first reported by the New York Times.
Mr. Trump's legal team has not seen the questions from the special counsel.
Sources describe a lengthy response from Mueller with a strong emphasis on requesting written answers as it relates to the original mandate of the investigation - Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.
The Daily Caller asked Trump about his interview with Mueller to serve as FBI Director and asked the president why he didn't give him the job.
The most important discrepancy relates to a meeting he had with Comey. You know, he's Comey's best friend.