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Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:24 PM

Trump allies urge him not to talk to Mueller

Source: CNN

Close advisers and friends of President Donald Trump are warning him not to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, with some expressing skepticism that there would be any circumstance in which it makes sense to voluntarily submit to an interview, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing discussions.

The President has told friends he's willing to talk with Mueller -- the man Trump views as leading a "witch hunt" against him -- to make the case there was no wrongdoing, sources told CNN. White House special counsel Ty Cobb says the White House is cooperating with Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump team and the Russians in the 2016 election.

Some key allies on Capitol Hill also are urging Trump to avoid potential political and legal jeopardy and not answer questions from Mueller. They are part of a group of supporters ranging from lawyers on the Trump team and in the White House orbit to friends who say it would be unwise for the President to talk. Others say Trump should find a way to cooperate that limits his potential legal exposure.

Mueller hasn't yet requested a Trump interview but has indicated he wants to talk with the President. In the end, much depends on the course Mueller takes and whether the two sides can reach a deal or end up having a lengthy legal fight to decide the issue.

Read more: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/01/11/politics/trump-allies-interview-robert-mueller/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:26 PM

1. Fine. Haul him front of the grand jury then.

Let him do his three=lies-a-minute routine under oath in front of the grand jury then.

Sub poena time!

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Response to dawg day (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:27 PM

2. Ditto

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Response to dawg day (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:59 PM

13. Yes, please...

... and thank you!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:29 PM

3. Only a coward

would be afraid to speak with Robert Mueller, and a real manly man would go in alone and without his attorney.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:36 PM

6. I see what you did there:)

And I like it
Wish you were advising Trump

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Response to wt1531 (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:37 AM

21. They are afraid he will

tell the truth, and implicate them! What is he hiding? No collusion? Prove it.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:30 PM

4. If he refuses

They'll go after him by impeachment , if a judges tells him he has to go and he won't, it'll be his downfall. They'll turn on him so fast his head will be spinning after all he's done.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:43 PM

8. You forget. Impeachment is solely a Republican decision right now.

Not going to happen.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 06:07 PM

15. Blowjob in the white house - BAD / Screw the country - business as usual

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Response to duforsure (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:47 PM

11. If he refuses an "interview"

then can issue a subpoena. Then he can ONLY testify or plead the 5th, I can't believe ANYONE would advise just not showing up and getting a contempt of court citation. He's screwed.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:35 PM

5. He really doesn't have a choice...

talk or plead the 5th. Ken Starr dragged Bill Clinton through a grand jury hearing.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:37 PM

7. He can be subpoenaed

That may require a grand jury, but as stated above, he really has no choice.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:43 PM

9. Trump has no choice ....

.... he can either talk to Mueller and probably be hung on his own words and what Mueller
already knows or he can plead the 5th at which point Trump and his team can no longer
claim that the Trump/Russia connection is not real.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:45 PM

10. His friends are smarter than he is

but he may not have a choice.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:59 PM

12. Please let it happen

and let it happen on video...I'd pay money to watch Twitler go all Colonel Jessup in front of a camera.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:12 PM

14. Loose lips sink ships!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:03 PM

16. It would be, "unwise for the President to talk"

Snorf! Good perpetual advice for him!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:25 PM

17. We all Know that He's Guilty, Because He Doesnt Act Like at all like an Innocent Person nt

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:26 PM

18. Trump would be a #coward if he did not interview with Mueller!!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:44 PM

19. Donald Trumps always afraid to answer questions. Bannon was probably wired anyway.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:55 PM

20. Trump's said he's willing, so Mueller should call him on it.

I'm sure Trump will then come up with a reason to say no, which will only make it look more legit when Mueller subpoenas him.

Whether Mueller would be willing to subpoena him, I can't say. He seems to be stretching out the investigation, perhaps hoping to gather so much evidence as to have a rock solid case before calling the President. Always wise in what could become an impeachment case. Maybe he wants to get him in front of a grand jury. Hard to say.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:13 AM

22. That'll backfire. Now he will want to talk to Mueller to prove them wrong.

He's just that arrogant. So this is win-win.

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