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U.S. President Donald Trump says he would "love to" speak to special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation probe but tells reporters he wants to ensure he'd be "treated fairly".

A former federal prosecutor, Giuliani said he was the president's new chief counsel in the Russian Federation investigation but that he would also keep an eye on a USA inquiry into a $US130,000 hush payment by longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to a porn star who said she had a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump. "I would love to speak", Trump added.

"I have to find that we're going to be treated fairly". Trump said if he thought he would be treated fairly, he would "override" the views of his attorneys.

Giuliani has warned Trump against sitting down for an interview with Mueller and has suggested the president needs to place limits on his level of co-operation. "In fact, against my lawyers, because most lawyers they never speak on anything", Trump said.

The replacement of Cobb with Flood may usher in a more adversarial stance toward the Mueller team as Trump's lawyers debate whether to make the president available for an interview with the special counsel and brace for the prospect of a grand jury subpoena if they refuse.

At the White House, he told that his legal team is counseling him against giving Mueller the chance to quiz him about his campaign's links to Moscow, and about claims that he obstructed justice in 2017 by firing then-FBI Director James Comey.

Both Cobb and John Dowd, who quit the president's legal team in March, were reportedly displeased that Trump was not following their advice in the case, especially with his repeated attacks on Mueller. Angry Democrats. And that's not a fair situation, ' Trump said.

Trump's remarks Friday come amid a shake-up within Trump's legal team, with the White House announcing that attorney Ty Cobb will be retiring at the end of May and Emmet Flood, a lawyer who was part of former President Bill Clinton's legal team during his impeachment proceedings, stepping in.

Even if Mueller's team chose to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, he could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination. The former federal prosecutor, however, raised a number of questions about Trump's actions and motivations in a series of media interviews this week.

"If you fight back because you people say something wrong, or they leak like they've been doing, if you fight back they say, oh, that's obstruction of justice", Trump said.

"At some point, I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!" said Trump in a Wednesday morning Twitter post.

Giuliani, a former mayor of NY who was a federal prosecutor before entering politics, has emerged in recent days as the face of Trump's legal team. "Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday. Some of those lawmakers have asked for an unredacted version of a Justice Department document from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that sets out the scope for Mueller's probe, a request that the department immediately denied because it pertains to an ongoing investigation.