The legal team for popular vote loser Donald Trump think (or know) that he’s far too ignorant to not perjure himself should he talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe. But despite the lawyers desperately working to make sure that doesn’t happen, it appears Trump has his mind set on it and wants to do it anyway.
CNN reports that one person familiar with Trump’s line of thinking said – on top of Trump believing he’s completely innocent – Trump believes his experience with lawsuits and testifying under oath in real estate deals will allow him to navigate the legal genius of Robert Mueller with no problem.
“He thinks he can work this,” the person said. “He doesn’t realize how high the stakes are.”
Once you’re there, there’s no turning back. “You can’t get up and walk away. It’s not that easy.”
“He’s basically saying that I’m wide open as a book. I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong and I’m willing to say so under oath,” Anthony Scaramucci (former White House communications director) told CNN’s Jake Tapper Tuesday. “So again, I still think that that is on the table.”
Mueller hasn’t formally requested an interview with Trump yet and the talks are still just in the informal stage, but Trump’s lawyers really, really don’t want him to voluntarily sit down with the counsel.
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.”
Unless Trump just convinces his lawyers that he can handle it, look for Trump to be subpoenaed for their little chat.
And that would be something to behold. Mueller will do legal jujitsu on Trump. How easy would it be for Mueller to get Trump to say something false under oath? It would probably happen multiple times in the first five minutes.