Robert Mueller has made a decision to accept written answers from President Trump regarding the ongoing investigation into Russian collusion - but may attempt a follow-up interview at a later date, a report said Tuesday.
The new offer comes as details from Bob Woodward's White House memoir, "Fear", ricochet around Washington, including one episode where Trump's former lawyer John Dowd reportedly told Mueller that Trump is too dumb to testify.
Special counsel Robert Mueller sent a letter to Trump's legal team expressing a willingness to accept written answers to some questions, a source says.
Trump made the freaky assertion during a wide-ranging Oval Office interview with the conservative website, which released a full transcript of the conversation Wednesday.
"But", she added, "that's a bit like firing Mueller, as many Republicans have warned - it just ups the case for impeachment because the president appears to be hiding something".
Reached by ABC News, the Trump legal team declined to comment.
Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said: "We continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Office of Special Counsel".
Trump's legal team and Mueller's investigators have been negotiating for months over whether Trump will be formally interviewed in the probe. After weeks of back-and-forth, Mueller warned Trump's legal team in a tense March meeting that he could subpoena Trump if he refused to grant an interview voluntarily. A White House spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.
The president claimed he had a previous business dispute with Mueller, but he offered no specifics - and then claimed to have compromising photographs of the two former Federal Bureau of Investigation directors together.
Trump claimed at the time that Mueller had multiple conflicts of interest, according to a January NYT report that relied on four unnamed sources.
The president could submit written answers to questions about whether his campaign was involved with Russian interference in the 2016 election.
And for another, Trump claimed, without any proof that Comey and Mueller are "best friends" and even more, of the "hugging and kissing" variety. Giuliani has said Trump does not recall asking Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and he does not want the president to be accused of lying about the episode.