A new development in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion signals that it is focusing on President Trump.
What is the new development?
According to a report Friday, Trump's private lawyers will be meeting with Mueller and members of his team next week.
Why is this significant?
Although they have met before, CNN points out that this meeting comes after Mueller's investigation interviewed members of the Trump administration. It's also been reported that the investigation may be coming to its end in a few weeks.
Trump's legal team hopes to itself gain some information from Mueller about the investigation.
Trump's team, led by John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, is hoping for signs that Mueller's investigation is nearing its end, or at least the part having to do with the President. Their goal is to help Trump begin to emerge from the cloud of the ongoing investigation, several of the sources explained. The sources acknowledge that Mueller is under no obligation to provide any information and concede they may walk away with no greater clarity.
Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in former national security adviser Mike Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI, and in the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
However, the president's friends and allies point out that none of the activities they have been accused of have anything directly to do with the president's election campaign, or collusion with Russians on the part of the Trump campaign.
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