Last week, popular vote loser Donald Trump said that he was ready to speak to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe. He even said he would do it under oath, but it remains to be seen. Trump has been wishy washy at best in regards to the interview with Mueller.
This is all a big problem for Trump’s staff and legal team, as they know he’s literally incapable of not committing perjury should that interview with Mueller actually happen.
Jonathon Swan at Axios explains what his sources are saying about this:
What Swan is hearing: One source, who knows Trump as well as anyone, told me he believes the president would be incapable of avoiding perjuring himself. “Trump doesn’t deal in reality,” the source said. “He creates his own reality and he actually believes it.” (The president’s attorney, Ty Cobb, did not respond to a request for comment.)
A number of people in the president’s orbit have read this article by Bloomberg’s Timothy O’Brien: “I’ve Watched Trump Testify Under Oath. It Isn’t Pretty.”
In the article, O’Brien writes:
-“Speaking from experience, I think the president’s attorneys should grab their worry beads. Trump sued me for libel in 2006 for a biography I wrote, “TrumpNation,’ alleging that the book misrepresented his business record and understated his wealth. Trump lost the suit in 2011, but during the litigation my lawyers deposed him under oath for two days in 2007.
– “Trump ultimately had to admit 30 times that he had lied over the years about all sorts of stuff: how much of a big Manhattan real estate project he owned; the price of one of his golf club memberships; the size of the Trump Organization; his wealth; his speaking fees; how many condos he had sold; his debts, and whether he borrowed money from his family to avoid going personally bankrupt.
-“He also lied during the deposition about his business dealings with career criminals.”
Cleary, Trump’s lawyers are extremely nervous about the prospect of a sit down session between Trump and Mueller. Trump’s attorney John Dowd told CNN: “I will make the decision on whether the President talks to the special counsel… I have not made any decision yet.”
Again, Trump’s legal team knows that he is incapable of telling the truth, even (maybe especially) with easily verifiable facts, meaning they know without question he won’t shut his mouth long enough to not perjure himself.