Yeah, we knew that Trump’s lawyers would never let him answer questions on his own.
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump’s legal team is preparing answers to written questions provided by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The move represents a major development after months of negotiations and signals that the Mueller investigation could be entering a final phase with regard to the President.
The questions are focused on matters related to the investigation of possible collusion between Trump associates and Russians seeking to meddle in the 2016 election, the sources said. Trump’s lawyers are preparing written responses, in part relying on documents previously provided to the special counsel, the sources said.
“We are in continuing discussions with the special counsel and we do not comment on those discussions,” said Trump attorney Jay Sekulow.
There may be more rounds of questions after the first answers are returned. The special counsel had insisted that there be a chance for follow-up questions as well. But after a prolonged back-and-forth over months, the two sides agreed to start with a first round of questions.
Additionally, the two sides have still not come to an agreement on whether the President will be interviewed in person by investigators who are also probing whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey.
Asked on Thursday about answering Mueller’s questions, Trump again signaled his willingness to sit down for an interview with Mueller or provide written responses — the option much preferred by his attorneys.
Simply put Trump is NEVER going to agree to a sit-down interview with the Special Counsel or his team.
Trump is a bully and a coward who does not have the balls to face anybody as smart and tough as Robert Mueller.
The fact that we are now at the stage where it is Trump’s turn to answer questions may signify that this investigation has reached a critical stage.
It is my opinion that if Mueller is asking Trump questions directly related to Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, it is because he already has the evidence to make that case and is only waiting for Trump to deny it on the record.
If that is accurate it will be a real test of the intelligence of Trump’s legal team to see if they can keep him from perjuring himself, even in answers carefully written by them.