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Trump Allies Push Mueller Compromise

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:03 AM

President Donald Trump's close allies are advising him to seek a compromise with special counsel Robert Mueller on an in-person interview, Politico reports.

Although Trump's attorneys have warned the president against an unrestricted interview with the special counsel's office, they also realize that Trump can't outright refuse without risking a Supreme Court battle that he would likely lose.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Politico that he agrees with Trump's attorneys, reportedly don't want Trump to sit down for an interview with Mueller.

"If I were his lawyer, that's what I'd tell him," Graham said. "I just think, you know, if I could avoid my client having to answer a bunch of questions that you may not be prepared to answer, I would."

"It only takes a couple of slip-ups for them to say to his lawyers, 'We caught your client in a lie. Do you want us to present this to a grand jury and see if they indict him?' That would be catastrophic for the president. Don't give them that opportunity," Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said on Tuesday.

"If I'm a federal prosecutor and you lie to me, even though you think you're telling the truth, ask Martha Stewart, there's a problem," he added. "That's the problem that the president faces. A misstatement could be construed as a lie to a federal official in a formal investigation and that's a felony."

"The president could assert his Fifth Amendment privilege and tell Mueller to shove it," said Roger Stone, but he acknowledges that this idea has risks. "I think there can be a reasonable compromise. I recognize the political and legal danger of just stiffing the guy."

Politico reports that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy have both advised Trump to seek a compromise and offer to answer Mueller questions, but in writing, not in person, as former President Ronald Reagan did in 1987 during the Iran-Contra investigation.

"While I think the president would handle the interview fine, I think it's judicious to take these things in steps," said Ruddy, adding that if the written questions aren't satisfactory to Mueller, then Trump's attorneys can negotiate an interview.

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