As Mueller seeks interview, Trump left without easy options

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel’s office wants to talk to Donald Trump about the firings of James Comey and Michael Flynn, but as the president’s lawyers negotiate the terms and scope of a possible interview, they’re being left with no easy options.

If Trump balks at an interview, he risks being seen as hiding something. But agreeing to discuss matters with Robert Mueller’s team is risky for Trump, whose statements can be unpredictable and inconsistent. Weeks of dialogue between the sides have yet to resolve a question of extraordinary consequence: Will Trump, like many of his aides before him, get grilled by Mueller’s prosecutors?

The negotiations have been closely held, but a resolution could arrive soon to avert the prospect of a grand jury subpoena.