Courtesy of NYT:
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, eased up slightly on his demands to question President Trump in the Russia investigation, a shift that came as the president’s lawyers, who have advised him against sitting for an interview, are fighting his desire to answer investigators’ queries.
Mr. Mueller will accept written answers from Mr. Trump on questions about whether his campaign conspired with Russia’s election interference, Mr. Mueller’s office told the president’s lawyers in a letter, two people briefed on it said on Tuesday.
On another significant aspect of the investigation — whether the president tried to obstruct the inquiry itself — Mr. Mueller and his investigators understood that issues of executive privilege could complicate their pursuit of a presidential interview and did not ask for written responses on that matter, according to the letter, which was sent on Friday.
Mr. Mueller did not say that he was giving up on an interview altogether, including on questions of obstruction of justice. But the tone of the letter and the fact that the special counsel did not ask for written responses on obstruction prompted some Trump allies to conclude that if an interview takes place, its scope will be more limited than Mr. Trump’s legal team initially believed, the people said.
Now if you are at all like me you probably read this and immediately went “Nooooooooooo!!!!”
However, after I read this I did a little research on the old internet and learned that Mueller has not committed to having ALL of Trump’s answers submitted in writing, you know after his attorney’s write them up for him, and that he, in fact, may not even need Trump’s responses in order to prove his case.
Currently, Mueller is sitting on potentially hundreds of hours of testimony from all kinds of people, including members of Trump’s inner circle and his White House attorney, so if there were evidence of collusion with Russia or evidence of obstructionism, Mueller already has it.
So the only purpose of having Trump sit down for an interview would be to give him the opportunity to perjure himself, which of course we all know he is absolutely certain to do.
However to make the case that Trump knowingly collaborated with the Kremlin to steal the 2016 election, or the case that Trump then attempted to cover up his cooperation with the Russians, is likely something that Mueller already has in the bag.
And if that is included in Mueller’s report scheduled to come out, I believe, next month, then the ball gets handed to the courts and to the Congress, which hopefully will look much different after the November elections.
In other words, this thing ain’t over til it’s over.