Monday, January 08, 2018

Trump May Be Interviewed by Mueller

Anticipating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will ask to interview President Donald Trump, the president's legal team is discussing a range of potential options for the format, including written responses to questions in lieu of a formal sit-down, according to three people familiar with the matter.

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Lawyers for Trump have been discussing with FBI investigators a possible interview by the special counsel with the president as part of the inquiry into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

The discussions were described by one person with direct knowledge as preliminary and ongoing. Trump's legal team is seeking clarification on whether the president would be interviewed directly by Mueller, as well as the legal standard for when a president can be interviewed, the location of a possible interview, the topics and the duration. But the president's team is also seeking potential compromises that could avoid an interview altogether, two of those interviewed told NBC News.

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Public under oath I hope.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-08 11:33 AM

Public under oath I hope.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01

We can expect Trump to avoid both, if he can.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-08 11:36 AM

Wont likely be public, likely a written interview.

Hells bells, W and Cheney refused to answer under oath about 9/11. You dont expect Dotard to actually try to sit in front of a real person who could ask follow up questions do you?

Who do you think he is Hillary?

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-08 11:46 AM

If Bill Clinton was put under oath I see no reason why treasonous Trump shouldn't be.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-08 04:49 PM

Public under oath I hope.
#1 | POSTED BY 726

It won't be either. It's an investigation, not a trial. And there is no need to put him under oath because knowingly giving false information to the investigators would be illegal. If he lies to them then he is committing a crime.

#5 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-01-08 05:01 PM

And there is no need to put him under oath because knowingly giving false information to the investigators would be illegal. If he lies to them then he is committing a crime.

#5 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce

Then why even bother to interview him? You know he is going to lie.

If it is not under oath then it does not mean anything.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-08 05:08 PM

This could drag on for a long time as Donald races to the mid-terms finish line.

Take an oath? HA! Forget it! I hope Mueller says face-to-face ... or a subpoena.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-08 05:29 PM

Then why even bother to interview him? You know he is going to lie.
If it is not under oath then it does not mean anything.
#6 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Tell Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos that lying to an FBI investigator does not mean anything.

#8 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-01-08 06:28 PM

I can't think of one good reason why a very stable genius who has done nothing wouldn't want to talk to Mueller.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-08 06:30 PM

Tell Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos that lying to an FBI investigator does not mean anything.

#8 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce

His testimony means nothing if it is not under oath.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-08 06:50 PM

Mr. Trump would prefer to tweet his responses, if that's ok.

#11 | Posted by cbob at 2018-01-08 07:27 PM

Someone will tweet that The Dotard is a coward and that will seal it -- he will override his lawyers and sit for Mueller. The questions will draw Trump out with veiled taunts that will be irresistible to pass, and Trump will dig his own grave. Mueller and his team will play Agent Orange like a violin, getting him to talk so much his words will crush his presidency. The transcript will be great historical reading...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2018-01-08 08:18 PM

What will Mueller gain from that?

We've all heard the dotard in interviews. It's all stream-of-consciousness nonsense anyway. Put him in a padded room and go after the criminals that leech off his position.

#13 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-09 12:24 AM

I think it's a mistake to try and second guess either one of them. If I had to guess the outcome I say it was game Mueller. Trump has a tendency to dig himself into a hole and doesn't know when to stop digging.

What concerns me more is Trump's attorneys setting the parameters. That could mean they want to prevent questions about other discoveries of illegal activities such as money laundering, just to give one example. Trump has long had the opinion that the special prosecutor has overstepped his boundaries. If they can hold it down to simply collusion, Trump has a better chance of beating the rap, for himself at least.

A bigger concern for Trump and his attorneys is, not collusion, but what's hiding in those bank accounts. Trump won't go to jail for collusion but tax fraud is a 'nuther whole can of worms.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-09 03:56 AM

Trump is incapable of surviving a Mueller interview unless he refuses to say anything. Any written response will be authored by his lawyers, not Trump. Still his 32% following has no grasp of the situation and resent the criticisms and growing legal attack. The country is occupied by people in parallel universes, incapable of understanding each other.

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-09 07:36 AM

David Fahrenthold‏ @Fahrenthold

In 2007, @realdonaldtrump was questioned by lawyers in a civil suit. In 2 days, they caught him in 30 falsehoods.

Trump: A true story

It was a mid-December morning in 2007 -- the start of an interrogation unlike anything else in the public record of Trump's life.

Trump had brought it on himself. He had sued a reporter, accusing him of being reckless and dishonest in a book that raised questions about Trump's net worth. The reporter's attorneys turned the tables and brought Trump in for a deposition.

For two straight days, they asked Trump question after question that touched on the same theme: Trump's honesty.

www.washingtonpost.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-09 11:00 AM

6 burning questions Robert Mueller will want to ask President Trump

www.washingtonpost.com

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-09 11:04 AM

GAL

No disrespect to the Washington Post but yes and no questions are too pedestrian. If I was Mueller I'd be asking questions that capitalize on Trump's tendency to go into long rambling answers. The more he talks the more he incriminates himself.

Obstruction of justice is a matter for the DOJ to prosecute, which they probably won't as long as it's in the hands of the GOP.

It's the parameters that Trump's lawyers are more concerned about. I suspect that involves Trump's finances, past and present.

Tax evasion (or fraud) is a matter for the IRS to prosecute and that's a whole 'nuther can of worms.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-09 01:48 PM

6 burning questions Robert Mueller will want to ask President Trump

www.washingtonpost.com

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

That will be The Day.

Well, that'll be the day, when WE say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day, when Bob makes you cry
You say you're never gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I get SO HIGH!

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-09 02:53 PM

Trump may be found mentally incompetent during the interview.

#20 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-09 03:29 PM

TOR

I doubt that Mueller will be fooled by Trump's "other" personality ~ when he switches from a bombastic moron to a charming con-artist.

Personally I hope he tries to use his "experienced litigator" persona.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-10 01:39 AM

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