Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Judge Nap's Emphatic Advice: Trump Should Never Agree to Interview With Mueller

Judge Nap's Emphatic Advice: Trump Should Never Agree to Interview With Mueller

Earlier, the Washington Post reported that the probe into alleged ties between US President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow, led by US special counsel Robert Mueller, may last at least throughout much of this year.

"President Trump's Twitter habit may become a legal liability for him, as his latest tweets about the Russian Federation investigation could help build a potential case against him for obstruction of justice or witness intimidation", USA Today noted past year.

Trump's lawyers have suggested the president could provide written answers to Mueller's questions instead of sitting down face-to-face with Mueller's team. Mueller's team would also have to demonstrate that it could not obtain the information they are seeking without interviewing the president.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb, in a written statement, says "the White House does not comment on communications with the OSC (Office of the Special Counsel) out of respect for the OSC and its process". I imagine the Trump legal team is putting this story out there in an attempt to show that the president is "cooperating" with the investigation. While Rosenstein - Mueller's direct supervisor - was accused of being a "Democrat" in one behind closed doors Trumpian outburst.

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An interview could take place within the "next several weeks", a person "close to the president" told the Post.

But legal experts I spoke to doubt Mueller would settle for anything less than a sit-down with Trump. Did Trump forget national anthem?

But these are all clear signs of just how rattled POTUS and his inner circle are by the Mueller investigation and how much it will dominate the political climate in the build-up to the crucial mid-term November elections. Imagine how things could go when Mueller queries him with the benefit of evidence acquired from document requests (e.g., the original draft of the memo firing Comey) and testimony taken under oath from others. Trump wouldn't last four hours being questioned BY ME. If Trump does invoke the Fifth, his presidency would be at risk. It begs the question whether presidential endorsements and personal appearances at campaign rallies will help or hinder Republican candidates.

For their part, the Democrats are counting on Trump's tumbling approval ratings and erratic behaviour to win over enough floating voters and disillusioned GOP moderates to tilt the balance of power their way in one or both Congressional houses. A written submission also precludes follow up questions where investigators can probe inconsistencies. As a new year dawns, Trump's own fortunes are not necessarily looking so rosy.

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