Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller just scored a big win in his efforts to get President Trump to testify in the Russia investigation and related obstruction, money laundering, and tax evasion inquiries.
According to CNN, a federal judge in D.C. just ruled to unseal a treasure trove of documents that have remained under lock and key for nearly 20 years, pertaining to independent counsel Ken Starr’s probe of President Bill Clinton, which led to impeachment proceedings.
Trump’s lawyers efforts to impede an interview with the president have forced Mueller to get creative in finding ways to make Trump testify under oath.
The president’s team has vehemently contradicted their client’s protestations that he is “looking forward” to an interview with the special prosecutor.
They have fought tooth and nail to prevent Trump from perjuring himself, for fear that committing that crime alone could lead to impeachment, as it did for Clinton.
Starr’s precedent also suggests that Mueller may have to negotiate with the Trump legal team for months, in order to secure the president’s testimony.
According to Business Insider, Trump’s attorneys “are using a 1994 investigation by an independent counsel into a Clinton administration official as a roadmap to limit the scope of questioning in the event that the president will eventually be forced to testify.”
A prior special counsel, Lanny Davis, has warned, however, that, Trump “cannot say no” to a grand-jury-issued subpoena, adding that the president is “going to have a problem in [a] perjury case, false statement case, doesn’t matter whether he’s under oath or not, if he makes one false statement, that’s a felony.”
Lord knows, Trump can’t open his mouth without making a false statement, particularly when it comes to the Russia probe.
So, whether it takes six days, six weeks, or six months, Mueller can starting polishing those tiny handcuffs.
If we can’t get Republicans to vote for impeachment, we may at the very least get Mueller to indict Trump to make an example of him, so no president ever tries to sell America to foreign enemies again.