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    Trump refuses to commit to Mueller interview

    President Trump said Wednesday it is “unlikely” he will have to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller for an interview, arguing that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russia. Trump repeatedly dodged whether he would submit to an interview with Mueller by citing his claim there was no collusion during the 2016 presidential election.

    Trump's comments are a shift from this past weekend, when he indicated he was open to speaking with Mueller. "It's sort of like, when you've done nothing wrong, let's be open and get it over with," he told reporters at Camp David in Maryland.
    Asked last June if he would be "100 percent willing" to speak to the special counsel under oath about his interactions with ousted FBI Director James Comey, Trump told a reporter, "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you."

    Trump on Wednesday pivoted from the prospect of an interview to criticizing the FBI for its handling of the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while at the State Department.

    Trump refuses to commit to Mueller interview | TheHill

    But of course he pivoted away from the question.

    Subpoena it is

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    He does not have to submit to questioning by Mueller and can't be forced to do so.

    He can be forced to appear before a grand jury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    He does not have to submit to questioning by Mueller and can't be forced to do so.

    He can be forced to appear before a grand jury.
    Mueller's grand jury. It is a distinction without a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    He does not have to submit to questioning by Mueller and can't be forced to do so.

    He can be forced to appear before a grand jury.
    Which is even worse.

    But why the change of heart?

    So odd, for someone who has said over and over again it's a Witch Hunt..

    If he doe not have anything to hide, why not just agree to talk to Mueller?

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    Can't blame him for trying to evade an interview, since it appears that he is guilty as hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Which is even worse.

    But why the change of heart?

    So odd, for someone who has said over and over again it's a Witch Hunt..

    If he doe not have anything to hide, why not just agree to talk to Mueller?
    Or better!

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    Oh come on my time line of him leaving office was right on target up to now. He testifies by this week or next and his gone by Jan 20th 2018. I call foul. He is screwing up my time frame. He has said over and over he would be 100% willing to testify.

    Suppose the president’s lawyers told Mueller, “It’s written responses to questions or nothing — take it or leave it.” Mueller would then have two options: agree or subpoena the president to the grand jury. There is a familiar precedent for the latter: independent counsel Kenneth Starr subpoenaed president Bill Clinton, who testified for several hours before a grand jury via video and audio link about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. But it’s possible Trump would not agree to comply and his lawyers would mount a constitutional challenge to the subpoena of a sitting president. That could delay Mueller’s investigation for months.

    On the other hand, the president’s lawyers must consider that during a voluntary interview they can at least be in the room and participate. If Mueller called their bluff and subpoenaed the president and he ended up before a grand jury, prosecutors could examine him under oath with no defence attorney
    present. From a defence perspective, a voluntary interview accompanied by defence counsel is always preferable to having the client enter the lion’s den of the federal grand jury room alone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    President Trump said Wednesday it is “unlikely” he will have to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller for an interview, arguing that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russia. Trump repeatedly dodged whether he would submit to an interview with Mueller by citing his claim there was no collusion during the 2016 presidential election.

    Trump's comments are a shift from this past weekend, when he indicated he was open to speaking with Mueller. "It's sort of like, when you've done nothing wrong, let's be open and get it over with," he told reporters at Camp David in Maryland.
    Asked last June if he would be "100 percent willing" to speak to the special counsel under oath about his interactions with ousted FBI Director James Comey, Trump told a reporter, "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you."

    Trump on Wednesday pivoted from the prospect of an interview to criticizing the FBI for its handling of the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while at the State Department.

    Trump refuses to commit to Mueller interview | TheHill

    But of course he pivoted away from the question.

    Subpoena it is
    Is "pivoted away" the new term for "weaseled out" or "went chicken-shit?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    Oh come on my time line of him leaving office was right on target up to now. He testifies by this week or next and his gone by Jan 20th 2018. I call foul. He is screwing up my time frame. He has said over and over he would be 100% willing to testify.

    Suppose the president’s lawyers told Mueller, “It’s written responses to questions or nothing — take it or leave it.” Mueller would then have two options: agree or subpoena the president to the grand jury. There is a familiar precedent for the latter: independent counsel Kenneth Starr subpoenaed president Bill Clinton, who testified for several hours before a grand jury via video and audio link about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. But it’s possible Trump would not agree to comply and his lawyers would mount a constitutional challenge to the subpoena of a sitting president. That could delay Mueller’s investigation for months.

    On the other hand, the president’s lawyers must consider that during a voluntary interview they can at least be in the room and participate. If Mueller called their bluff and subpoenaed the president and he ended up before a grand jury, prosecutors could examine him under oath with no defence attorney
    present. From a defence perspective, a voluntary interview accompanied by defence counsel is always preferable to having the client enter the lion’s den of the federal grand jury room alone.


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    They are in talks. The actual interview probably won't take place for at least another month. No way will Mueller allow written questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    They are in talks. The actual interview probably won't take place for at least another month. No way will Mueller allow written questions.
    You know I don't quite understand why it would take that long. Mueller is ready, he obviously has all the information he needs and feels confident enough to question Trump with what he knows . What the hell does Trump have to do except answer the questions truthfully? Oh wait, Ok now I get it.

    I think Trumps lawyers are going to want the question before hand. They will want to prepare written answers and Trump just would have to read them off Q-cards. Of course the interview would be done on closed circuit TV with and his lawyers in one room and Mueller 100 feet away in another room. This will allow the lawyers to be behind the camera and give Trump the proper directions like Action and Cut. At the end of it Trump is going to want to know how is ratings are and if he was nominated for an Emmy.
    Last edited by Eve1; 10th January 2018 at 06:24 PM.
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