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    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    The best analysis I've seen, to paraphrase:

    Mueller is not an idiot. In pushing SDNY to conduct this raid, he knew he was burning a bridge. But he doesn't care, and there are only three explanations:

    1) The case against Trump is already so ironclad, there is no need to interview him
    2) The case is still in development, but Mueller is sure SDNY will get fully incriminating information out of the shield of atty-client privilege (because its proves a criminal conspiracy between Trump and his lawyer, which is not protected).
    3) Mueller is uncertain what he can PROVE, but is certain Trump will provoke a constitutional crisis sooner or later, and for practical reasons it needs to happen in an election year. The primary purpose of the raid, while it will uncover some criminality, is thus to provoke Trump.
    Maybe Mueller thinks that Trump is truely that dumb to want to prove he is not guilty be speaking to Mueller.

    Trump may be that type of criminal who believes he is much smarter than the police.

    Maybe Mueller is counting on Trump's hubris and ego.

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    The president’s lawyers wanted any interview to last only a few hours, according to one person familiar with the matter. They also wanted Mueller to agree to write a report within at least three or four months after completing the interview, this person said.

    Prior to Monday’s raid, Mueller’s team had been aiming to finalize a report on its findings on whether the president has tried to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation in the coming months, as early as May or as late as July, three sources said.

    That timeline hinged in part on reaching a decision on a presidential interview, these people said.
    One person familiar with the investigation described a decision on an interview as one of the last steps Mueller was seeking to take before closing his investigation into obstruction.

    Mueller’s team may be able to close the obstruction probe more quickly as they will not need to prepare for the interview or follow up on what the president says.

    The raid on Cohen “significantly complicated” any negotiations for the president’s legal team, according to a person familiar with the discussions, who also cautioned that “you never say never” in terms of a possible interview.

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    This is NBC reporting.

    These people ...this person said...One person familiar...



    Maybe it's just FAKE news???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiocracat View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeBelle View Post
    The president’s lawyers wanted any interview to last only a few hours, according to one person familiar with the matter. They also wanted Mueller to agree to write a report within at least three or four months after completing the interview, this person said.

    Prior to Monday’s raid, Mueller’s team had been aiming to finalize a report on its findings on whether the president has tried to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation in the coming months, as early as May or as late as July, three sources said.

    That timeline hinged in part on reaching a decision on a presidential interview, these people said.
    One person familiar with the investigation described a decision on an interview as one of the last steps Mueller was seeking to take before closing his investigation into obstruction.

    Mueller’s team may be able to close the obstruction probe more quickly as they will not need to prepare for the interview or follow up on what the president says.

    The raid on Cohen “significantly complicated” any negotiations for the president’s legal team, according to a person familiar with the discussions, who also cautioned that “you never say never” in terms of a possible interview.

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    This is NBC reporting.

    These people ...this person said...One person familiar...



    Maybe it's just FAKE news???
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    FOCUS

    So, that's his excuse for not sitting for an interview that was never going to happen anyway.
    You're not reading the article.

    It wasn't Trump who decided.

    Or maybe it's just fake news????

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    Mueller teams prepare to move forward without presidential interview



    Monday’s raid on Trump’s personal lawyer upended talks for the president to sit down with investigators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeBelle View Post
    It wasn't Trump who decided.
    Are you sure about that?

    Trump keeps flip-flopping on an interview with Mueller

    At a news conference last June, shortly after former FBI director James B. Comey testified before Congress about his interactions with the president, ABC's Jonathan Karl asked Trump, “Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of events?”

    One hundred percent,” Trump replied.

    In January, however, The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig reported that Trump's attorneys, having been notified by Mueller's team that an interview request was likely, were discussing “how to avoid a sit-down encounter or set limits on such a session.”

    During a news conference two days after Leonnig's report, Fox News's John Roberts asked Trump: “Are you open to meeting with [Mueller]? Would you be willing to meet with him without condition or would you demand that a strict set of parameters be placed around any encounter between you the special counsel?”

    Trump dodged the question.
    Ultimately, it's up to Trump, not his attorneys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeBelle View Post
    You're not reading the article.

    It wasn't Trump who decided.

    Or maybe it's just fake news????
    Trump ultimately makes his decisions. That is what a leader does. He is given options and then decides.

    We have been told time after time that Trump has excellent political instincts.

    based on what?

    Nothing Trump has done politically has shown or taken excellent political instincts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    Trump ultimately makes his decisions. That is what a leader does. He is given options and then decides.

    We have been told time after time that Trump has excellent political instincts.

    based on what?

    Nothing Trump has done politically has shown or taken excellent political instincts.
    Correct.
    It's not like Trump has EVER followed good advice from any of his advisors.
    He's always made his own bad choices.
    That's what Kings do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeBelle View Post
    You're not reading the article.

    It wasn't Trump who decided.

    Or maybe it's just fake news????

    No. It isn't fake news. It's really happening. Trump promised to reveal his tax records while he was campaigning, but he never really intended to do so, and he never actually did. Trump pretended that he wanted to sit for an interview with Mueller, under oath, but he never intended to do that either. Were trump innocent, Mueller's offer of a voluntary interview would have been an opportunity for him to tell his side of the story and clear the record. Trump can't tell his side of the story, and I have to assume that's because he isn't innocent.

    We'll find out soon enough. Mueller has only been on the job for about a year, and we in the public are already aware of a great deal of incriminating evidence for both Russian collusion and obstruction of justice due to reporting by the press. What we in the public know is surely only the tip of the iceberg of evidence that Mueller's team has thus far collected, and they're still actively investigating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiocracat View Post
    Correct.
    It's not like Trump has EVER followed good advice from any of his advisors.
    He's always made his own bad choices.
    That's what Kings do.
    Kings

    bad CEOs

    and Small time crime bosses
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