Of course, written answers will be supplied by an attorney, not Trump.
Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel’s office about him sitting for an interview, flouting their advice that he should not answer investigators’ questions, three people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.
Mr. Trump has told advisers he is eager to meet with investigators to clear himself of wrongdoing, the people said. In effect, he believes he can convince the investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, of his belief that their own inquiry is a “witch hunt.”
Mr. Mueller, whose team has negotiated the parameters of an interview with Mr. Trump’s lawyers for eight months, sent his latest proposal in a letter Tuesday night, the three people said. Investigators stood firm on the scope of and topics for their questions for Mr. Trump: possible coordination between his associates and Russia’s election interference and whether he tried to obstruct the investigation.
They did shift slightly on format, agreeing to accept some written answers, including matters in which they want to preserve the ability to have Mr. Trump answer follow-ups in person. In doing so, they firmed up a previously expressed willingness to allow certain answers in writing.
The president’s lawyers are unwilling to concede to follow-ups in person, citing concerns that Mr. Trump will increase his legal exposure, the people said. They have been prepared to tell Mr. Mueller’s office there will be no interview, risking a court fight over a subpoena that could drag into November’s midterm elections, but Mr. Trump pushed them to continue negotiating. The lawyers are likely to counter Mr. Mueller’s proposal in the coming days, according to the three people.
I love the fact that Trump is so arrogant that he believes that he could convince Mueller and his team, that despite all of the evidence they have seen, that their investigation is a “witch hunt.”
And it is exactly that arrogance which his lawyers fear will be his undoing if the investigators get the chance to ask in person follow up questions to the lawyer produced written answers.
And of course, they are correct.
Personally, I think that after all of this build up and suspense that the public deserves to witness the Perry Mason moment when Mueller catches him in a bold faced lie and produces the evidence that completely discredits him and proves that he is a tool of the Kremlin.
After all, since Trump is essentially a performance artist, I think he owes his audience the grand finale.