President Trump Submits His Answers to Robert Mueller
“The President today answered written questions submitted by the special counsel’s office. The questions presented dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry. The president responded in writing.” Jay Sekulow, counsel to President Trump.
Now we know why President Trump was so cagey last week as reports had him lashing out at everyone in the White House, including his confrontation with CNN’s Jim Acosta which resulted in CNN suing the President and the White House in order to have Acosta’s press pass reinstated.
Rudy Giuliani also spoke to the media. “It has been our position from the outset that much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry,” Giuliani said in a statement.
“This remains our position today. The President has nonetheless provided unprecedented cooperation. The Special Counsel has been provided with more than 30 witnesses, 1.4 million pages of material, and now the President’s written responses to questions. It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion.”
The timing on the President submitting his answers to Mueller is suspect just like sending military troops to the U.S. – Mexico border right before the midterm elections and who now are being removed the border as the migrant caravan was arriving.
The President no doubt is trying to kill the story over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Of course from day one, President Trump has been on the record for wanting to do a one-on-one interview with Special Counsel Mueller, but in the same breath is complaining about having to answer questions in writing.
What remains to be seen is if Mueller will subpoena President Trump. That is possible and there is the belief a subpoena showdown will occur next month. That will be my follow up to this post.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Prior reporting on President Trump and the Mueller subpoena can be read below.
President Trump Already Buried Himself with Mueller’s Questions
At the Oval Office, the President answered a few questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Like always, what the President says is shocking and of all the statements he has made in the past, this one could bury him.
In response to Robert Mueller’s written questions, President Trump said the following: “my lawyers don’t write answers. I write answers. I was asked a series of questions. I’ve answered them very easily.”
Mueller and his team of prosecutors must have popped open the champagne after they got over the initial shock of how easy President Trump is making everything for them.
Let’s be realistic. Not even a first-year law student would let the President of the United States answer questions in a criminal investigation by himself.
Actually, a first-year law student wouldn’t allow the President to comment about the case either, but Trump’s legal team has no control over him.
That “perjury trap” that Rudy Giuliani and President Trump love to talk about, the one that doesn’t exist, well, it does now because Trump just created it.
Imagine if you ask me if I committed this crime and I respond with that’s a “perjury trap.” How is that a perjury trap? It’s a simple yes or no question. What perjury trap really means is that the President has three choices:
(1) answer the questions truthfully and face criminal charges;
(2) plead his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination which no President has ever done, not to mention it looks bad and even the President says only the mob pleads the Fifth;
That’s the perjury trap, but that was created by the President’s own actions. And now that Trump said on the record that he answered the questions himself, there’s no walking out of that one.
Mueller now has more ammunition against Trump on the answers and has that video recording of Trump saying he wrote the answers himself.
President Trump could have simply said we are working on it and we will submit the answers soon, etc. But he didn’t and couldn’t.
His ego wouldn’t allow it. Trump even seem annoyed and offended at the thought that his lawyers were answering the questions and not him. The President’s ego wanted the credit all to himself, and that will cost him.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
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