The president’s lawyer says he has not reviewed the advice of a former campaign adviser, who has warned him not to attack the special counsel Robert Mueller, or to go to Congress to pressure the White House.
In an interview with The Wall St. Journal, Paul Manafort’s attorney, Robert Kelner, said he had not read the former Trump campaign adviser’s advice and was unsure of what it meant.
He said Manafort, a former chairman of the Trump campaign, should avoid a confrontation with Mueller.
“Paul’s advice is very clear that he has never reviewed this adviser’s work and does not understand what it says,” Kelner said.
“If it does, we will provide you with additional information.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
“This is a person who has a long history of criticizing President Trump and, indeed, President Trump himself,” Kelber said.
Mueller is investigating the Trump administration for alleged Russia meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump and other Democrats have called for Mueller to recuse himself from the probe, as well as to investigate whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.
Manafort is also the subject of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.
Trump has denied the allegations.
A special counsel is leading the probe into whether the Trump team colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 campaign.
The president, who is under a gag order preventing him from speaking publicly about the probe or his finances, has been unable to address it publicly, saying that he was only going to say that he had nothing to do with Russia.