“Mueller interview fraught with peril for Trump”
President Trump could face the greatest political and legal peril of his life if he agrees to an interview with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller would likely confront Trump over whether he obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey. The special counsel could also force Trump to answer tough questions about his knowledge of some of the most controversial events related to the Russia probe.
“Any defense lawyer’s position is, ‘Why would I want to subject my client to an interview with the FBI?’ Ask Martha Stewart what a great idea that was,” said Robert Ray, the former independent counsel during the Clinton-era Whitewater probe.
Ray said Clinton had “no choice” but to testify because if he didn’t, he faced the prospect of impeachment by the Republican-controlled House. That’s not the case for Trump because his party controls both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
“I think the president, in the political process, is pushing back, which he has the right to do,” Ray said, adding “there is no upside” for Trump if he agrees to an interview.