Donald Trump’s highly competent legal team has a “tremendous” idea.
They want to try and use an interview with Trump as “leverage” to force Robert Mueller to wrap up the Russia probe.
As a reminder, Trump’s attorneys and confidants have been wary of allowing the President to sit for an interview with the special counsel because, just to be brutally honest, Trump is a moron, is prone to hyperbole, exaggeration, and in some cases, outright lying. That sets up the potential for him to accidentally commit a crime during the interview in addition to the crimes he’s being interviewed about, a comically ridiculous situation befitting of a comically ridiculous president.
We discussed that at length in “‘He’s A Killer’: Trump Associates Warn President Of ‘Suicide Mission’ In Mueller Interview.”
Still, the temptation for Trump to effectively insist on an interview may prove too much for a President that desperately wants to remove the Russia cloud from his administration amid upbeat economic data, progress on the foreign policy front and a legislative victory (the tax cuts).
Well on Friday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal is out with the following:
President Donald Trump’s lawyers are seeking to negotiate a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that uses an interview with the president as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
The president’s legal team is considering telling Mr. Mueller that Mr. Trump would agree to a sit-down interview based on multiple considerations, including that the special counsel commit to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation. One idea is to suggest a deadline of 60 days from the date of the interview, the person said.
Another consideration for the legal team is reaching an agreement with Mr. Mueller on the scope of his questioning of the president, which they expect to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, according to people familiar with the matter.
Obviously, all of that is absurd. For one thing, it doesn’t seem likely that Mueller would agree to put a sell-by date on his investigation in exchange for the “privilege” of interviewing the person he’s investigating.
But beyond that, this doesn’t in any way ameliorate the main problem here, which is simply that you cannot allow Donald Trump the “very stable genius” to sit for an interview with an experienced, aggressive, and highly motivated prosecutor because Trump will probably end up accidentally implicating himself.
That is all.