The President lies and his lawyers know it
According to the Times, Donald Trump's lawyers have urged him not to meet with special attorney Robert Mueller.
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It’s one thing for the opposition to believe that you lie or that most of the country doesn’t trust what you say, but if your lawyers fear for your conduct in front of a special lawyer investigating you, then you may not be very honest after all.
The New York Times reported on Monday that President Trump's attorneys "have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III," according to four people close to the matter.
The main concern of its legal advisers is the inability of the president to have a coherent discursive thread as evidenced in his history of contradictions in public and through social networks.
If the president falls back on these errors, there is a risk that he could be found guilty of lying to investigators.
However, Trump has stated to be willing to meet with Mueller to prove that there was no coalition between his campaign and Moscow, and he a man of his word.
Doing so, Trump would prove that "he takes his constitutional responsibility to faithfully enforce the law seriously," as Neak K. Katyal, interim attorney general during the Obama administration, explained.
But the fears of his advisors weigh more.
For example, for Newt Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House and an informal adviser to the president, "the idea of putting Trump in a room with five or six hardened, very clever lawyers, all of whom are trying to trick him and trap him, would be a very, very bad idea,” as he said in an interview with Fox and Friends.
Now we ask ourselves, should not a man who has become President of the United States be prepared for that (and more)? Was Gingrich implying that Trump is not smart enough?
In case the president followed the recommendation of his advisors and refused to meet with Mueller, the special counsel could still subpoena Trump, although we do not know if his investigation is ready to speed up the last mile in the Supreme Court.
But one thing is certain and is that the only one who knows the true nature of the so-called Russiagate is Mueller himself. For Samuel W. Buell and Lisa Kern Griffin, the dichotomy between the investigation that has been made public thanks to the media and the discrediting campaign of Trump and his allies, and the real investigation that "remains opaque before us" thanks to the impeccable behavior of the special lawyer's office, leaves us only with speculation.
However, the concern of the president's lawyers is a strong enough sign to believe that the cat is out of the bag.