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Mueller Offers to Limit Questions He Would Ask Trump

According to the Washington Post:

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III indicated this week that he is willing to reduce the number of questions his investigators would pose to President Trump in an interview, renewing negotiations with Trump’s lawyers about a presidential sit-down after an extended standoff, according to two people briefed on the negotiations.

The latest proposal by the special counsel comes as Trump has stepped up his attacks on his investigation and Mueller personally.

For months, Mueller has been seeking to question the president as part of his investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 campaign, which is also examining whether Trump has sought to block that probe.

In a letter sent Monday, Mueller’s team suggested that investigators would reduce the number of questions about potential obstruction of justice they would ask in person and instead seek some answers in written form, according to one person.

Trump’s attorneys should continue to advise him to answer all questions in writing. Mueller will ask questions designed to create a perjury trap. Remember, even someone as careful as Bill Clinton, an attorney and literally lifelong politician, was impeached in part because of perjury committed under questioning from the independent counsel. Trump is far more careless about what he says than Clinton.

Understandably, Trump wants to personally clear his name. According to the New York Times:

President Trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel’s office about him sitting for an interview, flouting their advice that he should not answer investigators’ questions, three people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

Mr. Trump has told advisers he is eager to meet with investigators to clear himself of wrongdoing, the people said. In effect, he believes he can convince the investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, of his belief that their own inquiry is a “witch hunt.”

Bad idea. Mueller likely has nothing with which to prosecute Trump. During an interview, the hunt for a perjury charge will be on. He has to justify the millions that have been spent somehow.

12 Responses to Mueller Offers to Limit Questions He Would Ask Trump

  1. There’s no upside to MrTrump answering to anything Mueller asks, verbal or written.
    If he has the ‘goods’, then bring it on.

  2. Don’t do it President Trump. If there is not legal reason for you to speak, don’t speak. Never volunteer anything. If you ‘splainin, you losin.’
    This just gives Mueller the Cadaver more ammo to continue draining the taxpayers of $$.

  3. And yet, with all the Mueller business, the Russian collusion nonsense, the two year long anti-Trump campaign of the corporate media, the Democrats, the Republican anti-Trumpers, we have this:

    “BOOM! Trump Approval at 50% — 5 POINTS HIGHER THAN OBAMA at Same Point in His Presidency”

    It must be driving them crazy and, even more hysterical by the hour. And that is, as we know, makes them even more dangerous to the Republic.

    • Agree. The way the fanatic anti-Trump fanatics have set up the game in this case is that Trump can’t win whether he talks to Mueller or not. But the damage will be MUCH less if he stays away from that trap. The corporate media will showcase their collective faux outrage for a short while if he tells Mueller thanks but no thanks, but the damage will be MUCH greater if he lets Mueller interview him. In that case the whole interview will be leaked immediately, and Trump will be misquoted, taken out of context, demonized, etc and it will go on for months–right into the midterms.