The investigation of the alleged Russian interference in presidential elections gets closer to the very head of the White house. After the end of January in this case was questioned by one of the closest associates of Donald trump — attorney General Jeff sessions, the President’s lawyers fear that the next in line would be the head of state himself. And as reported by The New York Times, lawyers advise him not to appear for questioning to spectacular Mueller: trump will easily “catch” on lies and false testimony because of his contradictory statements made previously. However, refusal to cooperate with the investigation can turn to the President even greater reputational damage.
Although Mueller has not yet formally invited the President to speak, his lawyers are already preparing for this adverse development. The New York Times, citing anonymous White house sources, reports that lawyers trump is seriously concerned that the long list of false and contradictory statements will be a good tool in order to accuse the President of perjury.
Agree and former members of his team, for example, ex-Governor of new Jersey Chris Christie, who said: “I don’t think the President of the United States should be to meet spectaculorum, of course, unless a clear reason, which I can’t see.”
An informal adviser to trump and former speaker of the house of representatives newt Gingrich agreed with his colleague: “It’s very, very bad idea to put trump in the same room with five or six seasoned and very clever lawyers who will try to deceive him and catch”.
Meanwhile, the refusal to appear for questioning is fraught with trump not only reputational damage and potential litigation. If he doesn’t agree to come voluntarily to Mueller, spectracolor can send him a summons and then the President will have to answer before a Grand jury, or even before the Supreme court. However, lawyers for the White house, according to The New York Times, believe that Muller is not a sufficient basis to issue subpoenas, therefore, the failure of trump, spectracolor will only shrug.
And what did you think about the trump? In a television interview he had previously stated that “actually looking forward to” conversation with Muller and even willing to testify under oath because he has nothing to hide. Obviously, the White house wants to remove from itself suspicions and for all to stop the speculation about his personal involvement in the “Russian conspiracy”. But then said the President, to his lawyers, he is inclined to listen.
Last summer, the media reported that müller studies the deeds trump for possible obstruction of justice. The reason for this was the dismissal of the head of the FBI James Komi Republic, which the President allegedly asked “to leave alone” disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Komi after the sudden resignation made against the President in Congress, but his accusations, apparently, was strong enough.
And in late January The New York Times reported that at this time, trump decided to dismiss the Muller. But White house adviser who was supposed to execute the order, refused to do so and said, it is better to resign. Therefore, the Directive was never carried out. This information appeared later, two days after the interrogation in this case was caused by the Minister of justice Jeff sessions. Previously, he withdrew from the investigation, “the Russian intervention”, like the ex-national security adviser Flynn, met with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
“The mere fact that a call on interrogation of the President of the United States although it is within the law, but still represents an unprecedented scenario, noted in conversation with “MK” Director of the Foundation for the study of the USA, Franklin Roosevelt Yuri Rogulev. — Previous presidents, getting into a situation associated with investigation, for example, Ronald Reagan, preferred to give answers in writing and not to come in for questioning. There is reason to believe that will do the same trump. Oral questioning in the case, in which he believes and which he denies, it is not in his best interest. As for written responses, the wording will be worked out and verified”.
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