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Saturday, January 27, 2018
Why Trump said he’s ‘looking forward’ to speaking with Mueller
Once again, President Trump is
shaping the national discussion to his advantage. He intervened in a background
briefing for White House media being conducted by General Kelly to make
on-the-record (but off-camera) comments to the media and appears to have shocked
many with his comment:
“I would love to do it, and I would
like to do it as soon as possible,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I
would do it under oath, absolutely.”
His expressed willingness to speak
face-to-face with Mueller and his team resulted in a blizzard of commentary
emphasizing the risks of doing so. The opportunity to portray him as foolish
was irresistible to, for example, Vanity Fair, which headlined: “Trump’s
overconfidence could be Mueller’s secret weapon.”
Does the president look worried?
President Trump is used to being
called stupid and worse (an Alzheimer’s sufferer, for example). But by chumming
the waters with his purported recklessness, he got his journalistic enemies all
of sudden cautioning him and their audiences about the extreme danger of
speaking directly to prosecutors looking for a perjury trap:
murderers’ row of 17 lawyers, sequestered at an undisclosed location in
southwest Washington—has undoubtedly been preparing for a possible
interview. Andrew Weissmann, one
of Mueller’s top investigators, is known to be particularly methodical. “Andrew
is super-thorough, persistent, and factual,” Buell said. “He’ll know the record
cold, and he’ll be a good listener, to see if he really gets an answer to the
question he’s asked.”
Many legal analysts,
including Paul Callan, argue that no skilled attorney worth his salt would ever
advise the President to agree to a sit-down interview with special counsel
Robert Mueller. The most common -- and safest -- criminal defense strategy
places a premium on limiting exposure for a client. A shut mouth catches no
flies, as the old saying goes.
Note that President Trump has not
committed to speaking directly to Mueller, because he must consult his lawyers.
This is a variant of the “Good cop/bad cop” strategy. He knows that he cannot
totally flout a demand for his testimony, so the key is to place conditions on
the testimony. That role will be taken by his “bad cop” lawyers, probably his
personal counsel Ty Cobb. He is in the position of wanting to speak
fully and candidly, but his lawyers insist on various conditions, such as
(maybe) receiving written questions in advance and limiting the subject matter
to matters directly related to “Russian collusion” -- the entire basis for the
appointment of Mueller. And, it seems clear that Trump is convinced no such
collusion took place, and that Mueller’s team have not found any such evidence
of it to leak to the media.
Now that his severest critics have
taken the positon that, yes, it is risky to speak directly, that perjury traps
can be laid, his lawyers can reasonably hold that the interrogation
should be limited. They can even cite the cautions his media antagonists have
Trump has this enlisted his enemies
in popularizing notions that work to his advantage: that perjury traps can be
set unrelated to the underlying purpose of the investigation and that only a
fool would permit that.