Popular vote loser Donald Trump has spent most of his presidency thus far undermining, attacking and otherwise trying to defend himself and his associates from the various investigations into their ties with the Kremlin.
None of these attempts are really working out that well for Trump, as he’s not only still under investigation, he’s facing a sit-down interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump’s legal team is frantically trying to get Trump out of it, as they know his history with false statements and how easy it would be for Mueller to get him on multiple counts of perjury trying to answer the simplest of questions.
So, Trump’s defenses haven’t been working. What’s his next plan?
Trump thought the release of the Devin Nunes memo would “vindicate” him (as he put it) and provide him with the excuse he needed for firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which would be the first step to then firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Clearly, Trump’s memo plan blew up in his face in spectacular fashion. Trump’s own attorneys (and even top Republicans) now indicate that the memo release did nothing for him. So, plan that failed.
What’s their next plan? Well, Trump’s lawyers have no intentions of allowing him to sit down with Robert Mueller for an interview. The New York Times is reporting that Trump’s legal is concerned about Trump’s habit of making false statements, so they don’t want Robert Mueller near him.
New York Times reports, “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. Their stance puts them at odds with Mr. Trump, who has said publicly and privately that he is eager to speak with Mr. Mueller as part of the investigation into possible ties between his associates and Russia’s election interference, and whether he obstructed justice.”
Put another way, if Trump testifies to Mueller and lies, that’s a felony, and Trump’s lawyers know it. If Trump does meet with Mueller and tells the truth, he will be admitting to multiple felonies in the process.
The courts will likely rule that Donald Trump must testify for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which would leave Trump with only one other option…invoking the Fifth Amendment, which would be political suicide for him. No matter what Trump chooses to do next, Mueller has him in a no-win situation.