Donald Trump is still denying obstructing justice in the Russian probe.
However we know that Trump lied about Russia.
We know he pressured Republican leadership to help end the Russia investigation.
It appears Robert Mueller is close to being interested in interviewing the President as part of his ongoing investigation. Trump’s legal team is trying to consider options different than a formal interview. They even have proposed written responses to questions in lieu of a formal sit-down. Obviously, written responses would be the attorneys talking for the President. If this option is the only format allowed to Mueller, it seems likely that Mueller will opt not to take such a statement.
Trump’s legal team sat down with representatives from the special counsel’s office in late December. Two of Trump’s lawyers, Ty Cobb and John Dowd, declined comment. A third lawyer, Jay Sekulow, did not respond to a request for comment. Peter Carr, spokesperson for the special counsel’s office, declined to comment. Of course they would not comment if they wanted to avoid the possibility that they might complicate the situation by giving contradictory statements.
Of course Justice Department veterans know that Mueller,who served as FBI director for 12 years, would never forgo the chance to interview the president directly. Trump has already given conflicting statements regarding the firing of James Comey.
Trump initially tried to portray the Comey firing as a result of Comey’s handling of the investigation into Clinton. However in the Lester Holt interview Trump tied his actions directly to Comey’s investigation of Russia. Comey later testified before Congress that Trump tried unsuccessfully to get Comey to drop his investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.
The level of resistance to a personal interview of the President may depend on whether the President has things to hide. If there’s really nothing to hide, then there should be no danger in him sitting down with anyone and speaking freely to them,” Dallek said. “But if there are things to hide, obviously there are risks.”
Given the revelations in the Fire and Fury, Trump’s involvement in the Russia investigation is even more problematic.
Trump told former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes that son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner would “work out” the Russia issue.
Bannon called Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian operatives “treasonous,” and suggested Trump himself met with the foreign officials on the same day.