President Donald Trump should fire back at the list of questions Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask him by conducting his own third-degree of the special counsel, Mike Huckabee says.
The former Arkansas governor and two-time GOP presidential candidate has penned a hypothetical response to Mueller, and writing as Trump, accuses the special counsel's questions of being "ridiculously open-ended" and asks him to answer 10 "similarly open-ended questions I have for YOU."
Those questions, which Huckabee posts on his blog MikeHuckabee.com, include:
- Do you agree with James Comey's remark in his interview with George Stephanopoulos that he still does not know if the Steele "dossier" is true?
- Since the facts in the dossier are "salacious and unverified," as Comey directly admitted to me, do you think it was right for the FBI to use it before a FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on campaign associates of mine?
- I realize lawyers as a group tend to "lean left," but could you not find any Republicans to put on your team?
- You went to law school – do you understand that, as president, I have the constitutional authority to fire, at will, the director of the FBI . . or the attorney general . . . or the deputy attorney general . . . or even you?
Huckabee, in Trump's voice, concludes: "There, Mr. Mueller. I realize you're very busy trying to find obstruction of justice on my part –- even though there's no justice for me to obstruct, since there's no underlying crime –- so that's why I left it at just 10 questions . . . Believe me, I can easily come up with more . . ."
The New York Times reported Monday that Mueller, who is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential race, has dozens of questions on "an exhaustive array of subjects" to ask Trump in a bid "to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the inquiry itself."
Even if Trump were to successfully navigate the legal landmines to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, doing so would not derail the Russia investigation, experts say. Chopping off the head of the Russia probe would likely sprout several entities — some already tangentially involved — to pick up where Mueller left off.
"Bureaucracies are complicated animals and this one has metastasized beyond the Mueller investigation," Benjamin Wittes, a Brookings Institution senior fellow, told Politico. "That's the thing that functionally protects the investigation."
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