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Will Trump Meet With Mueller?

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Last week President Trump said something that he should not have said. Allow me to be more specific.

For those who have not been keeping up with presidential politics, special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate allegations involving possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. In the latest event of this ongoing political saga, Trump, while answering reporters’ questions on January 25th, stated that he would be willing to meet with Mueller while under oath.

A transcript of the full statement reads as follows:

Reporter: “Are you going to talk to Mueller?”
TRUMP: “I’m looking forward to it, actually. Here’s a start, just so you understand: there has been no collusion whatsoever. There’s no obstruction whatsoever, and I’m looking forward to it. I do worry when I look at all the things you people don’t report about, with what’s happening, if you take a look at, you know, the five months’ worth of missing texts–that’s a lot of missing texts–and as I said yesterday, that’s prime time. So, you [inaudible] look at that and say, ‘what’s going on?’ You do look at certain texts where they talk about insurance policies, or insurance, or they say the kinds of things they’re saying, you’ve gotta be concerned. But I would love to do that, and I’d like to do it as soon as possible. Good luck everybody.”
Reporter: Do you have a date set, Mr. President?
TRUMP: ” I guess they’re talking about two or three weeks, but I would love to do it. You know, again, I have to say, subject to my lawyers and all of that, but I would love to do it.
Reporter: Would you do it on your own, Mr. President?
TRUMP: “You mean like Hillary did it under, who said that? Oh, you say a lot. Did Hillary do it under oath?”
Reporter: I have no idea, but I’m not asking that–
TRUMP: I think you have an idea. Do you not have an idea? Do you REALLY not have an idea? I’ll give you an idea: she didn’t do it under oath. But I would do it under oath. And you know she didn’t do it under oath, right? If you didn’t know about Hillary, then you’re not much of a reporter.
Reporter: To reach a higher standard, you would do it under oath?
TRUMP: Oh I would do it under oath, yeah, absolutely(emphasis added)

 

Trump’s response begs two primary questions. Should Trump meet with Mueller under oath? Should Trump meet with Mueller at all? In short, no and no.

Let’s look at the latter question first. Andrew McCarthy, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, strongly asserts at the end of his latest article on this topic that Trump should “avoid Mueller’s highly skilled, highly aggressive prosecutors.”

There are multiple reasons as to why such an assertion is well supported. One reason of course being that Trump’s very own former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, recently got in trouble for lying to the FBI. Another reason being that Trump, when left to his own devices, has a habit of trapping himself in his own commentary.

Regarding the second question, stating incriminating information, or lying to avoid stating such information, while in a meeting with Mueller’s investigative team could easily land Trump in a world of trouble, especially if such statements were to be made under oath.

However, it is important to point out that, despite Trump’s above remarks involving Hillary Clinton, lying to the FBI and lying while under oath are both crimes. Thus, even if Trump met with Mueller on terms not involving a requirement to speak under oath, he could still face serious troubles if it were later determined that he provided false statements during Mueller’s inquiry.

In all likelihood, the operative statement out of all of the comments Trump made in the transcript above is “subject to my lawyers.” Trump’s lawyers will most likely never permit any meeting between these two to occur directly.

The closest Mueller will probably ever get to speaking with Trump is through communications with the his legal team.

 

**SINCE THE TOPIC OF MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED RUSSIAN COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT INVOLVES SO MUCH DETAIL AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION, THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF A RECENT PORTION OF THIS ONGOING STORY. PLEASE VOTE IN THE UPCOMING INSTAGRAM POLLS OR LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU WOULD LIKE FURTHER STORIES ON THIS TOPIC**

JG

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