President Trump and his attorneys are scared to death of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. How do we know? Because they’re looking for ways to avoid having Trump actually sit down for an interview with Mueller.
NBC News reports that the Trump legal team is trying to find alternate ways for Trump to comply with a request for an interview with Mueller and his team of investigators who are looking into Russian interference with the 2016 election:
“In addition to the possibility of suggesting the president submit written responses in place of an interview, a second person familiar with the president’s legal strategy said another possibility being contemplated was an affidavit signed by the president affirming he was innocent of any wrongdoing and denying any collusion. It was not clear what such an affidavit might state regarding the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 at a time when Comey was leading the Russia probe.”
But those familiar with how Mueller conducts investigations said the proposed compromises by Trump and his attorneys are unlikely to be acceptable to Trump. Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia commented:
“Prosecutors want to see and hear folks in person. They want to probe and follow up. Body language and tone are important. And they want answers directly from witnesses, not from their lawyers. The odds of prosecutors agreeing to written responses are somewhere between infinitesimally small and zero.”
Trump has long maintained that he has nothing to hide and is eager to clear himself in the Russia matter, so it seems strange that he’s now looking for a way to avoid answering questions, presidential historian Robert Dallek noted:
“It very much depends on whether the president has things to hide. If there’s really nothing to hide, then I would think there’s no danger in him sitting down with anyone and speaking freely to them. But if there are things to hide, obviously there are risks.”
Especially when the person being interviewed is known to lie as often and easily as Donald Trump does.
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