Trump's Lawyers Reject Mueller Interview Terms, Counter With New Offer

Lawyers for President Trump on Wednesday rejected special counsel Robert Mueller's terms for an interview in the Russia investigation, countering with an offer that would significantly narrow the scope of what DOJ investigators can ask, reports the New York Timeswhich confirmed the response with Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow. 

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lead attorney on the matter, pointed to copious documents the White House has already provided Mueller's team, and said "We’re restating what we have been saying for months: It is time for the Office of Special Counsel to conclude its inquiry without further delay."

The letter marked the latest back and forth in the eight months of negotiations between Mr. Trump’s lawyers and the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Last week, Mr. Mueller proposed a slightly altered format to the expansive interview he wants to conduct with the president.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers did not reject an interview outright but included the narrower counteroffer, one person familiar with the response said. However, the person said that Mr. Trump’s lawyers did not want him answering questions about whether he obstructed justice.

The response indicated how far apart the two sides remain. -NYT

If Trump ultimately declines to be interviewed, the special counsel could take the extraordinary step of subpoenaing the sitting president to testify before a grand jury. As the Times notes, Bill Clinton has been the only president to have been subpoenaed while in office - while he eventually agreed to a voluntary interview in order to avoid a prolonged battle in court. 

Trump's attorneys are concerned that Mueller is setting a "perjury trap" - although Trump has said several times that he believes he can convince the special counsel that he is innocent, and has pushed his lawyers to continue to negotiate. By placing the ball back in Mueller's court once again, however, Trump's team risks Mueller concluding that they are negotiating in bad faith - with the likely result being a subpoena. 

Law enforcement officials who have worked with Mr. Mueller, a longtime federal prosecutor and the head of the F.B.I. from 2001 to 2013, believe that he will try to use every tool he has to get the president to answer questions and that he will probably subpoena him to testify if he does not agree to be questioned voluntarily. -NYT

That said, some of Trump's legal team believes that Mueller wouldn't risk subpoenaing Trump, only to lose a court battle that could undermine the investigation's credibility with the public. The President's attorneys have threatened to right any subpoena - a battle which could eventually be decided by the Supreme Court.  

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Gaius Frakkin'… css1971 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:14 Permalink

They can subpoena you, but they can't make you say a damn word. Why answer anything? It's obvious this isn't about justice if there ever was such a thing. Fuck them.

Where is the justice for Americans who watched their country be invaded by the tens of millions? Where is the justice for all the people banned from speaking their political views? Where is the justice for the Trump voters who were gunned down in Las Vegas??? If that's justice, the FBI can shove justice up their assholes and burn in hell. 🔥

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FireBrander JimmyJones Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:22 Permalink

WTF is Trump talking to Mueller about?

Shut this shit-show down and start PROSECUTING all of the folks that REALLY did something wrong...AND ADMITTED TO IT ON TV!

Hillary:

1. Yes, I set up a rouge mail server to conduct State business.

2. Yes, I transmitted "sensitive information" through that server.

3. Yes, I destroyed the evidence on that server.

Jesus! Sessions can't even convict people that publicly admit to the crime?

Imagine you and I doing this...and the head of the FBI says, "they didn't mean any harm" and the DOJ just sweeps it under the rug...yeah, fucking right....the INSTANT what we did was known, we'd be in jail awaiting trial and we wouldn't see daylight again for a decade or more.

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Freeze These 1 Alabama Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:31 Permalink

Repeat after me ... Conny can never, will never, sit down for an interview ... he can't remember the lies told yesterday

 

Never intended to be interviewed, and never will be interviewed ... but he's done nothing wrong so he's nothing to be afraid of, of course he tells you he wants to sit down for an interview ... bc he thinks you're an idiot

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FireBrander Freeze These Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:11 Permalink

You're an idiot if you think you can sit down with a political scum/hack/opponent lawyer, on their terms, and not incriminate yourself one way or the other about something....and that's exactly what these fuckers want on Trump...ANYTHING he's guilty of that they can saturate the airwaves with and call for his impeachment.

For fucks sake, I'll bet everyone here will break at least one "law" today.

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44_shooter Freeze These Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

You're the only idiot.  

Zero thought process from your tiny excuse for a brain.

Failure to see anything beyond what you and the liberal collective wants to see.

The "investigation" has been going for two years, where are the collusion charges?  Where are the obstruction charges?

 

Silence...

 

If a crime was committed why hasn't he been charged?  Simple as that.

If it was egregiuos as you believe, even more so - why hasn't he been charged?

 

Maybe Mueller is just too busy going back 20 years into peripheral people in hopes they will give something up....in lieu of any actual wrong doings.

 

Piss off you nasty ho FreezeThis

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Reaper El Vaquero Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:15 Permalink

The FBI M.O. is ask a number of people and/or your relatives what was said/done at a particular date.  Disagreements are likely, allowing the FBI to charge anyone and by so doing get them to fabricate testimony.  Our court system, aka the police/prosecutor/judge cabal, is totally corrupt with prosecutors having 98+% conviction rates.  

Would you lie to avoid 10 years in jail?

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Abaco Gaius Frakkin'… Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:22 Permalink

One thing you have to understand about the FBI or any other federal "law enforcement" officer.  They don't give a flying fuck about guilt, innocence, right or wrong.  The only thing they care about is submission. If you do not cooperate they will grind you to dust and will happily give immunity to the guilty to do it. They need Jefferson's tree.

 

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jin187 BaBaBouy Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

Dunno why Trump hasn't already announced a blanket pardon for everything anyone that's worked for him has ever done.  This whole government is such a sham, just piss on the dumpster fire, and be done with it.  Dare them to impeach.  If Andrew Jackson couldn't be successfully impeached, neither will Trump.  I'm just tired of hearing about this investigation to nowhere.  Even if Cohen and Manafort are guilty of every single accusation, they aren't any worse than half the congress anyway.  Just do like they did with Rangel and Feinstein, vote on a resolution that says "you guys were very naughty, so don't do that anymore", and be done with it.

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Expendable Container Chupacabra-322 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:06 Permalink

As are both the Democrats and republicans. That is why (war criminal) Eisenhower initially called it THE MILITARY/INDUSTRIAL/CONGRESSIONAL COMPLEX but was 'persuaded' to remove the word 'Congressional'.

Perhaps its all much Simpler than that, just THE PEDOPHILE CABAL.

(No wonder joutube deleted all 1000+ videos of Sean's SGT Report - this is the topic he relentlessly pursued - now back due to mass public support but still WITHOUT any of these deleted videos which proves the point)

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