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Trump Lawyers Concerned He’ll Do What He Always Does: Lie

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The New York Times reported last night Trump's lawyers are advising him that he should not sit down for an interview with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Why not?

According to the Times, his lawyers are concerned that he'll perjure himself a dozens times like he ordinarily does on a daily basis.

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.

Mr. Trump’s decision about whether to speak to prosecutors, expected in the coming weeks, will shape one of the most consequential moments of the investigation. Refusing to sit for an interview opens the possibility that Mr. Mueller will subpoena the president to testify before a grand jury, setting up a court fight that would drastically escalate the investigation and could be decided by the Supreme Court.

The idea that his lawyers believe he'll accidentally lie or contradict himself is actually the charitable interpretation.

The less generous interpretation is they're afraid he'll accidentally implicate himself by telling the truth.

You know, it strikes me that if Trump were just an average person, it may be up for debate in court if he's mentally capable of defending himself.

  • muselet

    There are actually days when I feel a little bit sorry for Donald Trump’s lawyers.

    This is one of those days.

    If they go ahead and let him voluntarily talk to Robert Mueller’s investigators, the likelihood is that their client will lie uncontrollably. However, they will be in the room with him to limit the damage as best they can.

    If they convince him not to talk voluntarily, Mueller hits their client with a grand jury subpoena and they can’t help their client at all (can’t be in the room, won’t be able to convince him to take the Fifth on every question).

    Mind you, the lawyers knew who they were taking on as a client, so my sympathy is severely limited.

    –alopecia

  • Tony Lavely

    I predict he’s going for the whole megillah, since the Supreme Court couldn’t possibly do anything but let him go on about his business. In his mind. And probably in fact. Doomed.

  • Draxiar

    Y’know, trump, why not show Mueller all of your words and what a stable genius you are? Really drive the point home with those words, the best words…the more words the better!

  • Username1016

    What I would like to know is, (a) what was Kushner up to with that back channel to the Kremlin, (b) did Kushner provide info to the Russians about the most vulnerable districts to target, and (c) WHEN CAN I SEE THE PEE TAPE? Because I so so so want that pee tape to be real…

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  • Badgerite

    Nunes today claimed “there is clear evidence of collusion, that the Democratic party and the Hilary Clinton campaign colluded with the Russians.” Ah… to what? And since when is Mueller or Rod Rosenstein a part of the “Democratic party.”
    There were meetings between jr., Manafort and Kushner with Russian intelligence representatives with the stated purpose
    ( see emails of jr.) of receiving stolen, criminally hacked material from the DNC. That doesn’t even get into the stream of money that Mueller apparently is tracking from Russian sources into RNC campaign coffers and the NRA or the criminal money laundering dating back a decade at least. #PaperBallotsPlease.