This week, I expressed a strong opinion that President Trump should under no circumstances sit down with Robert Mueller for questioning. That view still stands. And after seeing the President’s lawyers making energized TV appearances on FOX News Wednesday night, I feel more confident that they really do have his back and that they’re perfectly aware the special counsel doesn’t have a case –- that it’s bogus, a house of cards resting on a “dossier” that we now know was unverified politically-motivated garbage used fraudulently to get a warrant to spy on an American citizen and, by extension, Trump –- and that Mueller has no authority to compel Trump to testify. They seem revitalized. They know the law and the Constitution are on their side.
And they have had enough of this.
In the name of transparency, the President and his legal team were completely responsive to the special counsel’s request for documents and have supplied about 1.5 million of them. Mueller already knows EVERYTHING there is to know about Trump’s campaign, much more than Trump himself does. The special counsel knows every email and text sent to or from everyone connected to the campaign, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he knew all the contacts made by the contacts of the contacts. He knows the date, time and duration of every meeting and has all the notes from all the meetings. He has hours and hours of testimony. He has detailed campaign financial records, phone records, travel records. He probably knows what everybody ordered for their room service breakfast at every hotel and what movies they paid to see in their rooms. Trump can’t possibly be responsive to questions in a way that tells him anything he doesn't already know. The only reason Mueller has for questioning him is to set him up for a perjury trap.
And that's easy! If they ask him about the Trump Tower meeting --- the purpose of the meeting, and whether or not he knew about it in advance --- there’s nothing he can say that doesn’t contradict what someone else (or he) has said at some point. So Mueller can choose not to believe him, even if his testimony is truthful. That appears to have been the sort of thing that happened to Michael Flynn.
“My thoughts, and my view of the Constitution, is they don’t have the right to ask any of these questions,” said Jay Sekulow in Wednesday’s appearance with Laura Ingraham. “...So I can assure you this tonight: this legal team is not walking this President into a perjury trap --- not going to happen. If there’s any type of interview, whether it’s written or otherwise, it will be the appropriate type of response...This investigation, from its outset---who would allow that, in light of everything that’s transpired and continues to transpire?”
“Needless to say, we didn’t accept their offer.”
Asked about the likelihood of the President getting two to three hours of fair questioning, given what we’ve just learned about the roles played by Bruce Ohr, Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, Sekulow said he was “not inclined to believe...that there is such a thing as a fair shake.” Are they ready to go to court if they have to? “You bet.” It’s to protect not just this President, but the Presidency itself. “That’s what’s at stake here.”
Rudy Giuliani was on fire in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show: “...This is a totally illegitimate investigation,” he said. It was based on “the biggest illegality so far, the biggest collusion so far,” which was the dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. “Completely made up...and now we have Mueller, who doesn’t seem to care that he’s sitting on top of a totally illegitimate investigation.”
“I’ve never been involved in an investigation, on either side, that was more illegitimate than this one –- OBVIOUSLY more illegitimate.” He said aloud what we all know is true: this is a case that was tainted by having people who hated Trump in positions of power. Like Sekulow, he said there’s nothing left for Trump to answer that they don’t already know. “Stop the nonsense, ‘cause you don’t have a case.”
He went further, to make a prediction that the case is going to “blow up on them. There’s a lot more to what they did that nobody knows about yet –- a lot more to the obstruction of justice, to the collusion, to the fake dossier, trying to bring Steele back in after he was completely discredited. And Mueller is gonna have a lot to answer for.”
“The investigation here has to be of the investigators, because we can’t let this happen again in American history. We may not have a President as strong as President Trump. A lesser President could’ve really been cracked by this.”
“I believe that when this plays out over the next year or two, it’s not gonna be about President Trump; that’s gonna get over with. It’s gonna be about all the things THEY did.”
Gosh, I wonder why Trump’s team is suddenly feeling so buoyant and talking so tough. Could it be because of the new evidence involving Bruce Ohr that shows COLLUSION among Hillary and the DNC, and the FBI, and the Justice Department, and Fusion GPS, and Christopher Steele, and...quite possibly...even the special counsel?