President Trump made shock waves by saying he looks forward to being questioned by Russian collusion investigator Robert Mueller “as soon as possible,” and will gladly do it under oath.
I assume he feels that way because he knows there was no collusion with Russia and that he won the election by beating Hillary Clinton fair and square. Also because (and the media continue to live in a state of denial about this) she was possibly the worst candidate in the history of the universe. Seriously, who refuses to campaign in their most important swing states while insulting their blue collar voters whose support they need by calling them a basket of racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic deplorables? I predicted Trump’s victory months in advance and am still surprised that she got as many votes as she did. But I digress.
Many Trump supporters view his eagerness to testify to Mueller with trepidation, and with good cause. The history of special counsels (from Scooter Libby to Martha Stewart to as recently as Mike Flynn) shows that when they can’t actually prove the crime they were charged to investigate, they justify their jobs by prosecuting people for saying the wrong thing during interviews. Very few people have photographic memories, and clever interrogators can easily confuse a witness into saying something contradictory or incorrect, then call it perjury.
I can understand why Trump, who is certain that the whole “Russia, Russia, Russia” narrative is just a big, distracting smokescreen fanned up to cover for Hillary’s loss, is eager to get it into the rear view mirror. He must also relish the idea of leaving CNN with nothing to talk about 24/7. But I hope he takes this very seriously and treads with caution. He should remember that he was sent to DC precisely because it is a swamp that needs to be drained, and we're seeing every day just how deep the swamp and treacherous that swamp is. Neither innocence nor self-confidence is an effective shield against crocodiles.