"I Want To Know What I Can Say": Trump Rehearsing For Questions In Mueller Probe

The question of whether President Trump will sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller seems to have been answered, as President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani reportedly told NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell that he and President Trump have been rehearsing both "in person and by phone" and that President Trump said "I want to know what I can say that's not privileged and what's [sic] I can say which is..."

Earlier in the month, Giuliani - who was hired by Trump to handle the Mueller investigation, revealed that Trump's legal team was "several weeks away" from deciding whether Trump would agree to an interview with Mueller's team.

Giuliani told the Washington Post on Wednesday that Trump won't agree to an interview unless prosecutors allow the President's legal team to review documents related to the FBI's use of an informant, Stefan Halper, to spy on several members of his 2016 campaign. 

“We need all the documents before we can decide whether we are going to do an interview,” Giuliani said in an interview with The Washington Post, using Trump’s term “spygate” to refer to the FBI actions, which former officials have said were well within bounds.

Giuliani’s latest demand further ratcheted up the pressure that Trump and his lawyers are trying to place on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as his investigation into alleged coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia reaches a key juncture. -WaPo

President Trump once again slammed the special counsel's "Rigged Russia Witch Hunt" over Twitter on Tuesday, writing that he needs to "start focusing my energy on North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more." 

In previous comments, Giuliani has said that Trump did nothing improper and is eager to talk with Mueller. Tuesday, however, he said he didn't want to make a call on whether Trump will sit down for an interview "until they decide whether they are going to give us the documents or not.

When asked on Sunday during an appearance with CNN's Dana Bash wither he thinks the Mueller probe is legitimate, Giuliani replied "Not anymore. I don't. I did when I came in."

In an appearance later in the day on Fox News, Giuliani told host Bill Hemmer "The reality is we're not going to sit him down if this is a trap for perjury...he wants to explain that he did nothing wrong." 

Giuliani said on Tuesday that Mueller's office indicated that Trump's interview would be a final step in the investigation. “They reserved the possibility they might have to interview a few people as a follow up,” he said. “But they said they had pretty much finished. This was four weeks ago.

“I don’t think they would have asked to interview him until they are pretty much finished with everything,” Giuliani said. "They’re only going to get one shot at him. They know that. You look pretty amateurish if you interview him and you don’t have all the facts gathered."

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vato poco BankSurfyMan Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:17 Permalink

goddammit, Trump, quit acting like a pussy. doing that only emboldens the scum. 

what you can say is this: "You're fired, asshole. The criminal investigation into your tenure as FBI boss & Whitey Bulger Outreach Committee Chairman begins tomorrow. I'd advise a good lawyer - but then again, we're just gonna raid him at 3 AM the next day. Good Luck!"

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RedBaron616 A Sentinel Wed, 05/30/2018 - 19:25 Permalink

The President doesn't need to answer any questions. If impeached, he answers directly to Congress, not Mueller or anyone like him. Trump is an idiot and is getting pathetic legal advice if he gives Mueller the only thing to keep his useless investigation going. So go ahead, Trump, be an idiot and give Mueller even more free publicity. 

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Mr Hankey tmosley Wed, 05/30/2018 - 22:44 Permalink

"Oh,noes! What am I allowed to say?What shall I do,where shall I go , ralley?OMG!!!😥😣😐🤔😯🤐😓😢😤😟🤕😞😔😕

ItzSO unfair ,I'm gonna cry & pule & piss& moan like the clueless ,impotent little bitch I  am!!!"

"At least theres peace in the world,especially in Izzrealy-A-rabia.!!!"😒☻🤑

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Scipio Africanuz vato poco Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:26 Permalink

I understand your frustration vato poco, but LAW doesn't work that way. And thank God it doesn't else, we'd have undiluted tyranny. Now, as for the investigation, it's legitimacy is not in doubt, not even by one itsy bitsy bit!

The investigation, was about Russian collusion with team Trump, to influence the election. The investigation came up with ZERO,  and I repeat,  ZILCH evidence of collusion, whether by the team, or President Trump, that's the fact!

Now, as to the conjecture, we now have "investigation creep" something the Pentagon can tell you from experience, ALWAYS ends in disaster, ALWAYS!

Now, regarding the perjury trap, every American needs to understand what's going on here thus:

You had a secret affair with a colleague at work, then sometime after, your supervisor accuses you of selling company property illegally, which you of course, having done no such thing, deny vehemently.

Fair enough, the company's board, hires an independent investigator to look into the accusation, to determine the veracity of the accusation against you.

So far, so good. The investigator, after exhaustive "investigations", finds NOTHING to support the accusations, even after blackmailing your close pals, Larry and Moe, and even indicting them on unrelated offenses, one of lying about unrelated matters, rather than submitting his reports to the board, now decides to spring the Larry and Moe tactics on you.

Well, here's what's gonna happen:

When the investigator asks about the original accusation, you of course, will deny seeing as you're innocent. Then the investigator will ask how can he be sure you're being truthful. He'll ask about that affair with Molly, who works in HR, and there's the trap right there!

So now, snowflake or deplorable, whatcha gonna say?

The issue before us, is the right to not incriminate yourself, and investigative overreach! If allowed, essentially, you can be convicted of basically anything! The investigator only need keep digging into your past and voila! Something unsavoury pops up!

In this particular situation, the President is caught between a rock and a hard place, despite his innocence of the original allegation of Russian collusion. The collusion, is between UK and the DNC!

If I were President Trump, I'll answer all questions, either with "I didn't collude with RUSSIA" or "I don't understand what you mean". Answer is Answer, it doesn't have to please the questioner, after all, it's not an examination, no pass marks are at stake.

#EndTheVictimization!...

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chubbar Stroke Wed, 05/30/2018 - 19:15 Permalink

What I'd like to know is who got to Judge Nap and Trey Gowdy? Those guys are out convincing folks that placing an informant into a campaign (just one campaign, not both) and not telling Trump about the guy (although Comey was "compelled" to tell trump about the dossier) is completely normal.

These guys were all fired up 2 weeks ago and now they are going out of their way to paint this as ops normal shit.

I don't get it, it's like they are 2 different people then what I personally witnessed a short time ago. They are trying their best to deconstruct Spygate. Now, if it's bullshit then all is well, but this whole story stinks and everyone around it knows it.

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SergeA.Storms Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:17 Permalink

There is no obligation to answer any questions.  Take the 5th and tell them to fuck off.  They must prove the crime, you do not need to prove your innocence or lack of guilt.  

Cautiously Pes… Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:18 Permalink

Here is what you can say President Trump:

"I do not recall meeting that person."

"I have no recollection of that phone call."

"I have no knowledge about that subject."

"Gee, that incident does not ring a bell."

And if these don't suffice, then a good ol' fashioned...

F*CK YOU and the horse you rode in on Mr. Mueller.

Meeting adjourned.....

lowscorewins Cautiously Pes… Wed, 05/30/2018 - 20:02 Permalink

Actually any question about what was discussed with any person in your campaign or administration is privileged. Any question about your thought processes or decision making processes is privileged. Anything else and "I have no specific recollection" is a good response. If he asked you "How are you doing today Mr President?" Tell him that is privileged too. Volunteer nothing except comments on the history of the White House, the weather, the Redskins, golf, and why Virginia is a great place to grow grapes for Trump champaign.

 

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cheech_wizard Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:24 Permalink

1) I think Rudy is running a number on the press corps for starters. IF you haven't realized how fucking gullible they are by now you haven't been paying attention.
2) Trump walks in, pulls out a large caliber pistol, looks at Mueller, and says "You're Fired" while pulling the trigger in rapid succession.

"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters"...

Standard Disclaimer: He'll have my vote in 2020. The swamp needs to be drained.

ironmace Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:27 Permalink

If the investigation is illegitimate, why sit for questioning?

why groom him for testimony if it’s all a sham?

why expose the president to gotcha questions , and possibly perjury? 

Makes no sense to me Rudy.

Reaper Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

FBI/prosecutor M.O.:  I.e. They interview you and all your friends about meetings a year or more back.   If any of you remember something differently, they can charge any of you for lying with an 8 year sentence.   How many will flip and lie as witness for the prosecution, when they can't afford $100,000+ in legal fees?  Will you let your child go to jail?

This is the writing of Judge Jackson, Nuremberg Chief prosecutor and US Supreme Court Judge. "Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect, in no uncertain terms, to make no statement to the police under any circumstances",

attah-boy-Luther Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:32 Permalink

The zionista is merely playing a role fellas...fellas....fellas don't get worked up......

 

The most entertaining moments are the Q-tards salivating at the pavlovian u-boob videos that something big is gonnah happen in 3-2-1.psych!!!!! bitchezezzzzzz.......

For those needing to get caught up enjoy this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSQwqm2Js7w

 

nothing will change folks your savior is not in a particular potus. They all are scum sucking luciferians.....get that through your heads folks.....

You will sleep better and not get emotionally  caught up.....well very often......I know it still pisses me off to watch our country fundamentally transformed into a 3rd world chithole and then have to live with this daily chit show.

DisorderlyConduct Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:39 Permalink

No potential upside. Even if the questions proved beyond any possible doubt that Trumps on the level it will do nothing to dissuade them from hating him.

All downside. Perjury trap is assured. It's not about being open and forthcoming. It's about being exactly and technically coincident with the testimony of others. A near impossible task given that everyone else has given testimony and memory varies over time. Their inconsistencies become his traps.