Trump’s lawyers have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with special counsel, Robert Mueller, according to four people briefed on the matter. This raises the spectre of a court battle that could drag out for months, over whether the president must answer questions under oath.
It is the opinion of John Dowd, the longtime Washington defence lawyer hired last summer to represent Trump in the investigation, that it’s best to rebuff Mueller’s interview request.
Almost certainly, this would indeed be best for Trump. What’s best for the country and its people is not considered at all.
As a brief aside, if it’s all fake news, why is this even a problem? It’s clear to the world that Donald Trump is hiding something.
Trump has a history of making what the rest of us call lies, and his lawyers call “false statements”. Contradicting himself and blathering on as he does would expose him to charges of lying to investigators. His counselors understandably wish to avoid this.
Dowd’s deputy Jay Sekulow and many other West Wing advisers are reportedly of similar mind. These lawyers believe the special counsel might be unwilling, to subpoena the orange malignance. For some reason, they think he’d lose in court if he tried to subpoena Trump.
These poor unfortunate souls have managed to convince themselves that Mueller lacks the legal standing to question Trump about some of the matters he is investigating, like the president’s role in lying to the New York Times last summer about a meeting Trump’s son Donald Jr. had with Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
They’re also trying to argue that in some cases, such as the time Trump asked James Comey, then the F.B.I. director, to end the investigation into former campaign adviser Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president acted within his constitutional authority. They say he cannot be questioned about acts that were legal. Why, exactly?
It seems to this Millennial Democrats contributor that President Obama had to be questioned, about whether or not he was even born here.
At any rate, this stance puts them at odds with Trump himself.
Trump says he wants to talk to Mueller, but this is most likely desperation and impatience.
Trump’s decision about whether to speak to prosecutors will be one of the most consequential decisions of this whole investigation. Refusing would open the door to the possibility that Mueller will actually subpoena Trump to testify before a grand jury. This would set up a court fight- and a constitutional crisis– of epic proportions, one that would drastically escalate the investigation and would require arbitration by the Supreme Court.
Rejecting an interview with Mueller would carry political consequences, at least outside of his deplorable base. It would make it more obvious, if that is possible, that the president is hiding something. It would also set the stage for a lengthy court fight, which could also prolong the inquiry.
All this is casting a shadow over Republicans as November’s midterm elections approach. If Trump gets a re-election campaign, it is certain to shadow that too.
In other news, while this whole drama with Trump and Russiagate has been playing out, Trump went on stage in Ohio and accused Democrats of committing treason, because we boycotted and refused applause to his ludicrous State of the Union address.
He was boasting about the low rates of black and Hispanic unemployment, as if that has anything to do with him and not Obama. We’re supposed to clap, while he takes credit for what he is actively trying to destroy? This man is a no-good liar. That’s all he is. He speaks with a forked tongue.
“Serve Yourself And Save” was the family slogan as patented by his father. He lives by that.
“Even on positive news like that, really positive news like that, they were like death(?) and un-American,” Trump said at a manufacturing plant outside Cincinnati. “Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Shall we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
We certainly don’t love you very much, Donald.
If there’s anyone in the world who ought to know what treason looks like, it is undoubtedly our forty-fifth president.
That is why his lawyers don’t want him to talk to Robert Mueller.