Special counsel Robert Mueller is aware of two conversations President Trump had in which he asked witnesses in the Russian Federation investigation about matters discussed with the special counsel, according to The New York Times on Wednesday night.
Trump's legal team, the Journal noted, has been "under pressure" from the president to end Mueller's investigation.
In one of these instances, Trump reportedly asked his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, if his sit-down with the investigators had been "nice" and asked how they treated him. Multiple former Trump associates have already pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe. Despite detailing how Trump asked McGahn to tell deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that Mueller should be disqualified from overseeing the investigation and should be removed from the Russian Federation probe, the president said he didn't remember the discussion that way.
The two conversations, while not explicitly illegal, were incredibly unwise and have caused Mueller to begin questioning witnesses about their interactions with the president regarding the investigation itself.
The conversations are likely not illegal, but could add fire to Mr Mueller's investigation into whether the president attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.
Mr Trump dismissed the report as "fake news" at the time.
Trump has denied there was any collusion.
Mr. Trump moved on, pointing out that Mr. McGahn had never told him that he was going to resign over the order to fire the special counsel.
The president "has been eager to see the investigation wrap up as quickly as possible, describing it as a distraction that is hurting the country", the Journal reported.
Comey says he was sacked after Trump asked him to back off a Justice Department investigation into Flynn.
Legal experts were skeptical that Mueller's team would welcome any limitations sought by Trump's lawyers.
"You can't put a timeline on these things", said former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg.
"Someone could walk in the door on the day before their proposed deadline and say, "I've got some information that's going to blow your minds" [and] Mueller's going to say, "Oh, too bad, the deadline's tomorrow"?"