WASHINGTON-President Trump won't consider how to respond to special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction-related questions until after the Russian collusion aspect of the probe is finished, Mr. Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told The Wall Street Journal late Thursday.
"I'd do it, but under certain circumstances", he said on Air Force One.
Mr. Giuliani backpedaled on the claim late Thursday night in an interview with Politico.
This assertion violated Trump's previous vow to the country that he would be willing to testify under oath about the firing for former FBI Director James Comey - one of the key incidents tied to allegations of obstruction of justice against the president.
In a letter last week, Mueller's team said it would accept written responses from Trump on questions related to Russian election interference.
"We're very opposed to that [but] we're not closing it off 100 percent", Giuliani told Politico.
According to the Associated Press, Giuliani said questions about obstruction of justice were a "no-go".
"It would be in written form and if you want to follow up on our answers, justify it", he said.
Attorney Rudy Giuliani said he and Mueller's office are close to an agreement that includes written testimony, but sticking points remain. "We don't want to mislead [prosecutors] and have them think it's easy, but we have also not closed our mind to it". "Show us why you didn't get there the first time", Giuliani said.
Despite the president's legal team's reservations, negotiations on the scope of the interview are still ongoing with Mueller's team. Jonathan Swan says the White House is predicting that Mueller will "blink" and conclude his investigation while settling for an incomplete report. Mr. Trump's legal team has argued the President has the power to hire and fire appointees and the special counsel does not have the authority to ask him to explain those decisions.
The President also distanced himself from Papadopoulos, the former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is set to be sentenced on Friday.