Trump Meeting With Mueller Could Be 'Radioactive,' Allies Say

Supporters and confidants of President Donald Trump reportedly joined his chorus of lawyers warning him not to agree to a face-to-face interview with the special counsel’s office investigating Russian meddling and alleged collusion with his campaign in the 2016 election. Trump’s lawyers fear he could lie under oath, The New York Times reported Monday.

Instead, some of the president’s allies think he could strike a deal and answer special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions in writing rather than risk employing his often-off-the-cuff manner of speaking, Politico reported Wednesday morning.

Trump's allies include Newsmax publisher Chris Ruddy, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and conservative political strategist Roger Stone.

“The president could assert his Fifth Amendment privilege and tell Mueller to shove it,” Stone told Politico.

The long-time political trickster also said that completely blocking out the special counsel could be politically radioactive. Stone previously said he believed Mueller would end up charging the president and that a meeting would be a “perjury trap.”

“I think there can be a reasonable compromise. I recognize the political and legal danger of just stiffing the guy,” Stone said.

GettyImages-915026864 President Donald Trump hosts a law enforcement round table on MS-13 at the White House on February 6 in Washington, D.C. Getty Images/Chris Kleponis-Pool

That feeling was echoed by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has often sided with and encouraged the president throughout his time in office.

“If I were his lawyer, that’s what I’d tell him,” Graham told Politico. “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.”

Even former Vice President Joe Biden suggested Trump should avoid crossing Mueller’s path since the president could lie about something even unintentionally.

"You are in a situation where the president has some difficulty with precision," Biden told CNN on Tuesday. "One of the things I would worry about if I were his lawyer, is him saying something that was simply not true without him even planning to be disingenuous."

Former President Ronald Reagan reached a similar deal and submitted answers in writing regarding the Iran-Contra scandal in 1987. Ex-president Bill Clinton rejected questions from special prosecutor Ken Starr’s team before he was eventually subpoenaed and sat for an interview in August 1998.

Some of Trump’s lawyers and advisers also questioned whether Mueller would risk subpoenaing the president. They believe that the former FBI director may not have the legal maneuverability to question Trump over matters like the response to the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016.

Nevertheless, Trump said publicly and recently that he would be “happy” to meet with Mueller and was “looking forward” to doing so while maintaining his claim that collusion never took place and there was nothing to hide from investigators.

"I am looking forward to it, actually," Trump told reporters last month. “There has been no collusion whatsoever. There is no obstruction whatsoever. And I am looking forward to it."

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