But a breakneck sequence of events over the last two days may have made the nightmare scenario increasingly likely.
After saying he'd love to sit down with Mueller, he now seems to be backing away.
Cobb counseled cooperation with Mueller and arranged document transfers and interviews with top White House officials that were completed by January.
Mueller, the publicity-shy prosecutor and Marine combat veteran who has spent a lifetime pursuing justice, is also showing his steel.
Fox News has obtained the full list of questions developed by Mueller's office, which include queries on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between campaign associates and Russian figures.
"In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, ' " Trump told Holt.
The frequent shake-ups of Trump's legal team contribute to the appearance of a chaotic presidency.
Trump also said he was very happy with his legal team at the time.
"Playing nice hasn't gotten them anywhere", a source told CNN's Sara Murray.
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After blocking a shot by Dylan Demelo, Fleury pushed the puck to Deryk Engelland behind the net, rather than covering it up. Kane struck Bellemare in the arm and then the head after a whistle late in the third period of the Golden Knight's 7-0 win.
Trump previously has denied knowledge of the payment, which has since spurred a lawsuit against the President. One of the sources told CNN on Wednesday that Flood was not willing to work with Trump's original lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
"So unless we had assurances there wasn't going to be a leak, there wasn't going to be lots of self-serving statements about the interview, then we would do it", he said.
"I'm looking forward to forward to it actually", he said.
The colorful, handlebar mustachioed lawyer who is said to be distantly related to the Hall of Fame baseball player with the same name, had urged a conciliatory tone and response to the Mueller investigation.
But if the President is dedicated to a more adversarial posture, it is unlikely to faze their relentless boss.
Michael Hayden, who ran the CIA and the National Security Agency when Mueller helmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said the special counsel's character dictated that he eliminate every lead. "I don't think he would be affected by malice or prejudice". "And they want to make a case".
It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved".
It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about such a move.
Marc Mukasey, a longtime ally of Giuliani, is in talks to possibly join Trump's legal team, according to sources familiar with the matter. He said he would not allow the interview to last longer than two and a half hours, which Giuliani noted was the length of time former President Bill Clinton was interviewed for the civil suit connected to his extramarital affairs.
President Trump recently criticized the Mueller probe on Twitter and said any questions concerning obstruction of justice are a "trap".
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And then there's also a connection with the name to Princess Diana - as one of her nephews was named Louis Spencer. Bookmakers had been doing a brisk trade in bets on the new prince's name, but Louis wasn't among the favourites.
Wednesday's developments are the latest of several recent changes in Trump's legal team.
"Namely, do they have an open mind to the fact he could be telling the truth and Comey may be lying?" he said.
"You have to get in his head in order to do that".
Jeffress said he knows of no law that would "remotely prohibit" subpoenaing a president for testimony.
In private conversations, Trump has occasionally invoked his late attorney Roy Cohn, a hard-charging figure who taught him to punch back at enemies. However, I don't have an explanation for the people that he hired - not all of them.
Trump did step up his efforts to combat his legal vulnerability with a political weapon.
McGahn and Flood declined to comment.
" 'This isn't some game". Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt" and said there was no collusion.
While the Supreme Court has never definitively ruled on the subject, the answer appears to be yes.
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Alyssa Farah, press secretary for the vice president, confirmed that Ayers conveyed the concerns to the White House. The doctor said Jackson told him to "let things go ... if I am to succeed in my career".