President Donald Trump's lawyers may offer special counsel Robert Mueller an interview under certain conditions in exchange for a speedy conclusion to the Russian Federation investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
In one of these instances, Trump reportedly asked his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, if his sit-down with the investigators had been "nice" and asked how they treated him.
Earlier this week, CNN reported that a Middle East specialist with ties to Trump's team attended secret meetings during the presidential transition between the United Arab Emirates and Trump associates, and is now cooperating with special counsel Mueller, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Given the fact Trump has called the Russian investigation "witch hunt" one more than one occasion and has repeatedly denied the allegations of collusion, these revelations has raised concerns about possible witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
Nineteen individuals and three companies have been formally indicted by special counsel so far, including Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman; and Richard Gates, a Trump campaign aide who plead guilty to two fraud related counts last month in exchange for reduced charges.
McGahn didn't release a statement denying the story. Mueller is also looking into whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation by firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Porter reportedly told McGahn that Trump had suggested he would fire the White House counsel if he did not deny the Times' story.
"If he said anything along the lines of, 'There's potential criminal liability if you shut down this investigation, ' that would be extraordinarily powerful evidence against Trump". Mr Trump then relented.
The Times reported in late January that Trump once sought to have McGahn fire Mueller, but ultimately backed away from that demand after McGahn threatened to quit.
Those conversations were revealed to Mueller in interviews with witnesses who considered the interactions as troublesome.
Experts threw cold water on both arguments, calling them "weak" and "dubious", and added that they were unlikely to succeed.
According to the Journal, President Trump has pressured his legal team to end Mueller's investigation.
Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the foreign power to aid in those efforts.