Mueller shouldn’t even ask Trump for an interview

Mueller shouldn’t even ask Trump for an interview
Robert Mueller (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The only possible reason, after interrogating Trump’s lawyer for 30 hours, is to lay a perjury trap.]

[T]he president should not even be asked to submit to questioning at this point; the prosecutor must first establish that the president (1) is implicated in a serious crime and (2) has information or evidence that the prosecutor is unable to obtain from any other source.

That argument is bolstered by this weekend’s New York Times report that, with the president’s consent, Mueller’s team has conducted 30 hours of interviews with White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II. Having secured testimony from the president’s top lawyer, the special counsel is in no position to claim that he needs the president’s own testimony.

The president’s consent to make McGahn available to prosecutors is extraordinary, as it involves waiving both executive privilege and attorney–client privilege. …

Washington being Washington, the finger-pointing has already begun: Was the waiver allowing McGahn to be interviewed — part of a strategy of complete transparency to try to resolve the Trump part of Mueller’s investigation — a bonehead move by the first legal team?

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