Yesterday, we reported that White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller has said that he wants to question President Donald Trump as soon as possible. While many initially assumed that this was bad for Trump, there could be a silver lining for the president after all.
Fox News reported that experts say that reports of Mueller wanting to speak with Trump indicate that he is nearing the end of his investigation into the president’s alleged collusion with Russia during last year’s election. Prosecutors pretty much never interview their highest-ranking potential target until they have acquired most of the evidence since they want as much ammunition as possible when they finally speak with him.
This would mean that it’s unlikely that Mueller’s investigation will continue for the next year or two, casting a dark shadow over the White House for that entire time period.
It was revealed yesterday that Mueller told Trump’s lawyers last month that he will probably seek to interview the president, which set off discussions among Trump’s attorneys about the perils of such a move.
The Washington Post reported that “the president’s attorneys are reluctant to let him sit for open-ended, face-to-face questioning without clear parameters, according to two people familiar with the discussions. Since the December meeting, they have discussed whether the president could provide written answers to some of the questions from Mueller’s investigators, as President Ronald Reagan did during the Iran-contra investigation. They have also discussed the obligation of Mueller’s team to demonstrate that it could not obtain the information it seeks without interviewing the president.”
An unnamed source told the New York Times that Mueller “appeared most interested in asking questions about the former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, and the firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey — not the broader question of possible collusion with Russia. Those topics signal an interest in whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice.”
Trump himself has always made it clear that he wants Mueller’s investigation to end as quickly as possible, as he is confident that no evidence of him colluding with Russia will be found, since he knows it never actually happened.
“We have been very open,” Trump told reporters at Camp David. “We could have done it two ways. We could have been very closed, and it would have taken years. But you know, sort of like when you’ve done nothing wrong, let’s be open and get it over with.”
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