Trump Really Wants to Talk to Mueller, but for Some Reason His Lawyers Think That's a Bad Idea


The Washington Post reported today that President Donald Trump’s lawyers have shared documents with Special Counsel Robert Mueller “in hopes of curtailing the scope of a presidential interview.” It would be bad legal strategy, apparently, to let a proud pathological liar give testimony under oath:

Trump’s legal team recently shared the documents in an effort to limit any session between the president and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a few select topics, the people said. The lawyers are worried that Trump, who has a penchant for making erroneous claims, would be vulnerable in an hours-long interview.
The decision to share materials with Mueller’s team is part of an effort by Trump’s lawyers to minimize his exposure to the special counsel, whom the president recently attacked in a series of tweets.

If you’re someone who cares about this kind of thing — clearly many people don’t — Politifact has fact-checked 531 of Trump’s claims and statements going back to the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, when Trump told the crowd that “the people that went to school with [Barack Obama], they never saw him, they don’t know who he is. It’s crazy.”

A full 69 percent of those claims have been rated as at least “mostly false.”

One person on the Trump team, however, thinks that Trump being interrogated by a former FBI director is a good idea — the president himself (emphasis mine):

Trump has told aides he is “champing at the bit” to sit for an interview, according to one person. But his lawyers, who are carefully negotiating the terms of a sit-down, recognize the extraordinarily high stakes.

The idea of Trump psyching himself up to lie under oath to the guy investigating him is, above all else, hilarious. But it further provides evidence for the “newly emboldened Trump” that New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote about yesterday, one that maybe even his lawyers won’t be able to ultimately stop; a Trump who is on a quest to rid his administration of the perceived traitors who aren’t total yes-men, which has already involved firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by a tweet, and Tillerson being informed of his impending dismissal by someone who wasn’t Trump while he was taking a giant runny dump for diplomacy.

No, this new Trump is “confident,” which means to say he’s even more blindingly stupid than the old Trump. Can’t wait to see what fresh hell awaits us at the end of this road!

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