Donald Trump's lawyers have aimed to hit the brakes on a potential sit-down with Robert Mueller, but Trump remains eager to speak with the special counsel, according to his allies.

One person familiar with Trump's thinking said – in addition to believing he is entirely innocent – part of what's fueling the President's willingness to participate is his belief that he has experience with lawsuits and testifying under oath from his time in the real estate business, according to CNN.

"He thinks he can work this," this person said. "He doesn't realize how high the stakes are."

As UNIAN reported earlier, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators interviewed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in connection with the wide-ranging inquiry into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether President Trump sought to obstruct justice.