Special counsel Robert Mueller’s announcement — leaked through an aide — that he does not consider President Donald Trump to be a “target” of his investigation but merely sees him as a “person of interest,” is likely a strategy to try and inveigle the president into meeting with the prosecutor and facing hours of questioning.
The sole purpose of the meeting would be to trap Trump into statements that may be technically inaccurate, setting him up for a charge of lying to the FBI.
Beware, Mr. President: It’s a trap!
Mueller’s investigation is running out of gas and he needs the fresh ammunition he could get from statements by the president.
If the public pressure to submit to questions by Mueller is too much, Trump should give his answers in writing.
Trump could then consider his responses carefully and vet them through his attorneys.
It is hard to see how Mueller could refuse to accept this condition.
He would have to admit that the purpose of his investigation is to manufacture a case against the president.
Former Trump attorney John Dowd resigned, the papers say, because he urged Trump not to testify in person.
Mueller is trying to make Trump believe that if he sat down with the prosecutor, they could sort things out and end the probe.
But that is nonsense. Mueller is a partisan hitman, and the chances of diverting him and persuading him to evaluate Trump’s very real innocence are nil. Trump and his lawyers are naive for thinking otherwise.
Its hard to believe that Trump is being fooled. Perhaps he just wants to seem willing to testify under oath, but is seeking to avoid it in reality.
While Mueller is running out of gas, the investigation of the FBI and the DOJ is picking up steam.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has placed the power to investigate these agencies in the hands of John Huber, a conservative former U.S. Attorney from Utah. Huber, of course, has subpoena power and access to the large staff of Inspector General Horowitz, so he is well equipped to handle the job.
But all this could go away if Trump makes the mistake of testifying.
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