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Trump’s Lawyers Tell Him: Don’t Talk to Mueller

Last month, the president said he’s willing to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller. Today, his lawyers are advising him against that move.

By NTK Staff | 02.06.2018 @12:00pm
Trump’s Lawyers Tell Him: Don’t Talk to Mueller

President Donald Trump told a gaggle of reporters last month that he’d be happy to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into possible ties between Trump and Russia’s election interference.

“I am looking forward to it, actually,” Trump said at the time. “Here is the story: There has been no collusion whatsoever. There is no obstruction whatsoever. And I am looking forward to it.”

“I would do it under oath” he added. “I would do it.”

But Trump’s lawyers are singing a different tune. Last week, sources reported that his lawyers were laying the groundwork for a full walk-back of his remarks:

While the White House has cooperated with Mueller’s investigation by providing documents and voluntary witness testimony, the President’s legal team argues that the President should not be treated like anyone else. Trump’s attorneys would like Mueller’s prosecutors to show that only the President can give them the information they require. The President’s team, one source said, is consulting with the White House counsel’s office and other outside legal experts given the implications of any decision about the President’s testimony on the office of the President.

This week, the New York Times is reporting that those same lawyers have advised Trump against sitting down for a “wide-ranging” interview with Mueller.

His lawyers are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators.

If Trump refuses, Mueller may subpoena the president to appear before a grand jury. That move would be a calculated risk and one that could backfire on Mueller, if the special counsel lacks sufficient evidence.

A final decision from Trump is expected on the matter in the coming weeks.

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