Why Mueller’s Trump interview may not matter

Special counsel Robert Mueller is still in talks with President Donald Trump’s lawyers about an interview—but the Russia probe can be completed without it.

Prosecutors have already questioned at least two dozen current and former Trump White House aides plus several more who worked on the 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller also has access to myriad pieces of evidence surrounding the president thanks to wiretaps, congressional testimony and documents submitted both voluntarily and through subpoena.

Also helpful to Mueller as he investigates: Trump’s own comments about the Russia probe gleaned from media reports, the president’s public interviews and his tweets.

Mueller still has reasons for wanting a Trump interview, namely to give the president an opportunity to explain himself in his own words about his reasons when firing his former FBI director James Comey. That information could go a long way for the special counsel as he weighs making such landmark decisions as whether to indict a sitting president or when writing a final report that could be used to launch impeachment proceedings in Congress.

But lawyers close to Trump say Mueller shouldn’t count on it happening.

“That’s certainly a very high likelihood” there won’t be an interview between Trump and Mueller, said Alan Dershowitz, the retired Harvard law professor whose legal arguments have been championed by Trump and recently met with the president and his aides at the White House. “No lawyer ever wants his client to sit down with a prosecutor. No good has ever come of that.”

Mueller still has reasons for wanting a Trump interview, namely to give the president an opportunity to explain himself in his own words about his reasons when firing his former FBI director James Comey. That information could go a long way for the special counsel as he weighs making such landmark decisions as whether to indict a sitting president or when writing a final report that could be used to launch impeachment proceedings in Congress.

But lawyers close to Trump say Mueller shouldn’t count on it happening.

“That’s certainly a very high likelihood” there won’t be an interview between Trump and Mueller, said Alan Dershowitz, the retired Harvard law professor whose legal arguments have been championed by Trump and recently met with the president and his aides at the White House. “No lawyer ever wants his client to sit down with a prosecutor. No good has ever come of that.”

Source: politico

 

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