President Trump's legal team is reportedly considering an interview between him and special counsel Robert Muller to expedite the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's election meddling, a move that would highlight the president's willingness to cooperate.
Lawyers for the president are preparing to offer Mueller a chance to sit down with Trump if federal investigators don't request an interview by Thanksgiving, Politico reported Thursday.
"Whatever happens with regard to whether or not, or how, the special counsel might want to interview the president, there's no reason to expect that it would be combative," a senior WHite House official told the outlet.
The White House has been grappling with an increasingly invasive probe into whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Kremlin officials, and whether the president himself attempted to obstruct an FBI investigation into the matter. Mueller and his team convened a grand jury this year and recently began interviewing current and former White House staffers who were involved in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and participated in a June meeting last June with an attorney.
Should Trump agree to be interviewed by Mueller, he would be the first president since Bill Clinton to be questioned under oath as part of an ongoing federal investigation.
Thursday's report comes less than a month after two lawyers on Trump's legal team were overheard by a New York Times reporter discussing how to proceed with Mueller's investigation over lunch. The president has repeatedly cast Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt" and maintains that he and his team did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election.
A spokesman for the president did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.