President Trump probably won’t be sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. This is maybe good news for his lawyers, who were scared that the bad brain in his puff head would cause him to perjure himself.
NBC reports that, after months of back-and-forth about the scope, timing, and duration of the interview, the two parties are now preparing to move forward without a presidential interview.
Two sources told NBC that the FBI’s raid of the office of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen “significantly complicated” the negotiations, but that there’s still a chance the interview may take place. Cutting the interview could end the probe as early as May.
Here’s what Mueller has on Trump, per NBC:
Three sources familiar with the investigation said the findings Mueller has collected on Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice include: His intent for firing former FBI Director James Comey; his role in the crafting of a misleading public statement on the nature of a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians; Trump’s dangling of pardons before grand jury witnesses who might testify against him; and pressuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Mueller would then likely send a confidential report to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation. Rosenstein could decide whether to make the report public and send its findings to Congress. From there, Congress would then decide whether to begin impeachment proceedings against the president, said two of the sources.
Trump’s lawyers denied a request for comment; the special counsel’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, CNN reports that the White House is trying to attack Rosenstein’s credibility so he appears “too conflicted to fairly oversee the Russia investigation.”
This whole democracy experiment is going pretty well, don’t you think?