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REPORT: Robert Mueller Is Going To Interview Donald Trump, Is Only A Matter Of Time

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Robert Mueller and his team of investigators might interview president Donald Trump as part of their investigation into whether the Trump administration worked with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. A source confirmed to the Associated Press that Mueller’s investigators have been in contact with Trump’s attorneys but these talks are in the preliminary stages, meaning they haven’t established an interview date or talking agenda.

NBC News revealed further details into this proposed interview.

Anticipating that special counsel Robert Mueller will ask to interview Donald Trump, the president’s legal team is discussing a range of potential options for the format, including written responses to questions in lieu of a formal sit down, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Trump’s legal team is seeking clarification on whether the president would be directly interviewed by Mueller, as well as the legal standard for when a president can be interviewed, the location of the possible interview, the topics, and duration.

The president’s team is also seeking compromises that could avoid an interview altogether.

This seems convenient, doesn’t it? The president’s legal team’s maneuvering isn’t surprising, as they are trying to find the ideal way for the president to answer the questions Mueller wants to ask. At the same time, offering to do written responses in lieu of a face to face interview diminishes the point. The purpose when asking people questions isn’t only in the answers they provide but in how they tell those answers. The written word allows for some subtext yet it is a poor substitute for body language and other nonverbal cues investigators search for when conducting interviews.

Moreover, this interview could take place soon. The Washington Post reports the special counsel’s team could interview Trump soon on some limited portion of questions–possibly within the next several weeks. The source who informed the Washington Post of the process also mentioned, “This is moving faster than anyone realizes.”

From Trump’s end, while he would likely be liable to attend an interview if Mueller’s team issues a subpoena, he could invoke his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to speak. However, this course of action would imply Trump has something to hide and would only increase suspicion. This doesn’t seem to be the position Trump will take though, as he told reporters, “let’s be open and get it over with.”


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