Gowdy: Trump should let Mueller interview him

Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly told President Donald Trump's lawyers that he is not considering the president a criminal target in the Russian Federation probe at this point.

Mueller's tantalizing disclosure presents Trump's legal team with quite the conundrum: Do they grant the interview and seek exoneration on the collusion front, knowing that Trump might gift-wrap an obstruction of justice case, transforming himself from subject to target in the process?

The newspaper report said that Mueller spoke about the necessity to interview the president to understand whether he really harboured a serious intent to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

Mueller's description of the president's status has sparked friction within Trump's inner circle as his advisers have debated his legal standing.

Mueller told Trump's attorney's that the scope of the investigation is far beyond just the campaign period.

United States intelligence agencies say Russian President Vladimir Putin himself was behind a hacking and disinformation effort to disrupt the election and boost Trump's chances of winning. Ethics guru Norman Eisen tells us, "I think the now departed John Dowd was right: Trump should take no great comfort from this". Ekonomou is a former federal prosecutor and acting USA attorney from Atlanta who's well-versed in criminal cases but has no experience with a major Washington investigation.

Sekulow is up against Mueller's team of 17 veteran prosecutors who collectively have decades of experience handling complex criminal cases, including putting away mobster kingpins. Subjects of investigations can become targets easily enough (more on that in a moment), but the passage of time and the hyperbolic attention to this investigation matter here.

The turmoil on Trump's legal team started on March 19 with Trump's abrupt decision to add lawyer Joseph diGenova after little consultation with advisers.

Priess, the author of "The President's Book of Secrets", warned that the terminology being used by no means clears Trump's name and warned that an interview is a risky proposition.

Trump's team also suspects a second report on Mueller's findings regarding Russian meddling could follow the obstruction report.

The Justice Department typically treats people involved in investigations as either witnesses, subjects or targets.

However, Sekulow and Cobb gave the president the opposite advice as Dowd: that it would be politically hard for Trump to refuse to answer questions after insisting for months there was no collusion or crime, according to three people familiar with their advice. Many legal scholars take the position that he can not and that the only proper means of pursuing charges against a President is via impeachment and removal from office, either voluntarily or by being found guilty by the Constitutionally required number of Senators in a trial.

But some experts, including Tribe, have concluded that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would bow to political pressures.

The president's lawyers, according to sources familiar with internal discussions, have previously said the president should not sit down for a wide-ranging interview, and that any interview should have parameters.

Trump has said he wants to speak with Mueller's team, but his lawyers have not publicly committed to allowing him to be questioned. Eventually, O'Brien's lawyers forced Trump to sit for a deposition in 2007.

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