Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now willing to end the Russia investigation by September 1, according to the New York Times, but with strings attached.
Trump and Republicans are worried that the investigation will unduly impact the midterm elections in November, so Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said that he had assurances from Mueller’s team that if they granted an interview with Trump, the investigation could all go away.
This apparently happened two weeks ago but we’re just now finding out about it.
Despite these assurances that Mueller’s team isn’t trying to interfere with the election, Trump still hasn’t agreed to the interview.
The question is why.
We know this, though: Giuliani told The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Mueller could be setting a trap for Trump and that answering his questions may not be in the presidents best interests, and that he may have “incriminating information.”
“What we intend to do is premise it on, ‘If you want an interview, we need an answer to this,’” Giuliani said.
Trump has been stating publicly for some time now that Mueller is on a “witch hunt” and should end the investigation as soon as possible, but it appears Trump is the one who is dragging things out.
Also on Sunday: Trump tweeted out a tweetstorm demanding that the Department of Justice investigate the Obama administration. It appears to be a deflection tactic away from the question of why Trump won’t do an interview with Mueller.
“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” Trump wrote.
Giuliani is also insisting that Trump shouldn’t interview until they receive more information regarding an alleged informant in his campaign, which seems to imply that the informant, whomever they may be, has the ability to take down Trump.