Trump's legal team rejects special counsel's interview request

The president's lawyers allegedly made a counter-offer that Trump will answer "appropriate" questions in writing but nothing related to obstruction of justice, sources told ABC News.
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Transcript for Trump's legal team rejects special counsel's interview request
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