Special Counsel Robert Mueller just made a personal statement to President Donald Trump’s legal team that is sure to shock you.
With an investigation that spanned nearly two years, one would think Robert Mueller would never give up his barrage against the President.
But with the release of Mueller’s new statement, it may seem he is finally throwing in the towel.
Robert Mueller personally told President Trump’s legal team that he is not a “criminal target” of his investigation at a White House meeting earlier this month.
Mueller, according to anonymous sources from the Washington Post, emphasized that Trump was a “subject “of the investigation — not a criminal target.
Though Mueller believes his team still needs to interview the President, Mueller claimed he never considered him a criminal.
Trump has publicly expressed his willingness to be interviewed, though his legal team is advising against it.
It has been speculated that the resignation of Trump’s former lead attorney, John Dowd, was due to disagreement on his part.
Mueller also told the legal team his Special Counsel’s Office is preparing a report on the president’s actions in relation to “obstruction of justice.”
“If I were the president, I would be very reluctant to think I’m off the hook,” the Post quotes Princeton professor Keith Whittington:
“My sense of it is the president — given that information — ought to have pretty fair warning anything he’s saying in the deposition would be legally consequential,” Whittington continued. “Depending on what he says, it could wind up changing how the special counsel is thinking about him.”
Neither the White House lawyers nor the Special Counsel’s Office gave the Washington Post a comment on the story.
The report comes on the day the Mueller investigation, ostensibly focused on Russian interference in the 2016 election, delivered its first criminal sentence: Thirty days in jail for London-based Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan for false statements to Mueller’s investigators.
Court documents from another criminal trial arising from Mueller’s investigation, that of lobbyist and former Trump associate Paul Manafort, revealed for the first time Tuesday that a much more detailed description of the probe’s scope was described in an August 2017 memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The document was heavily redacted, but specifically mentions Manafort, and his activities included some far predating the 2016 election cycle.
Do you believe Robert Mueller is lying now to cover up any misconduct on his part?
Or has there simply been a misunderstanding in the focus of the case?
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