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Ex-Federal Prosecutor on Mueller: 'Stakes Are Extraordinarily High'

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:56 AM

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said that the stakes are "extraordinarily high" for President Donald Trump regarding special counsel Robert Mueller questioning him.

"The stakes are extraordinarily high for the president. If I was his attorney, I would be trying to figure out what I could do to get out of this. And unfortunately, there's no real way to do that other than taking the Fifth (Amendment), which I'm sure that the president doesn't want to do," Mariotti said during a Tuesday appearance on CNN's "New Day."

"What I suspect is right now he's focused on the obstruction piece of the investigation. He's getting closer to wrapping that piece up, and that's what this interview is going to focus on," Mariotti added.

The former prosecutor said that he believed Mueller would present his findings to Congress, not issue an indictment. "I think that is the more prudent way to go. It's an open legal question as to whether a sitting president can be indicted. Mueller seems to me like a cautious, careful man, and I think that is what he would likely do, but that's just my gut," Mariotti said on "New Day."

Mueller may interview Trump within the next several weeks, The Washington Post reported Monday.

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