President Trump made a bombshell admission today, one that confirms a flurry of reports over the last two days that special counsel Robert Mueller is closing in on sitting administration officials, including the president himself.
In just the last 24 hours, news reports have revealed that Mueller’s office has interviewed CIA Director Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will be sitting down with the special counsel’s investigative team within days.
All of this and other previous testimony taken by the special counsel’s office indicate that Mueller is rapidly building a case for obstruction of justice against the president. A sit-down with Donald Trump would logically come toward the end of this process.
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With a only a few remaining senior administration officials left on Mueller’s list, interviewing the president now seems to be a matter of when, not if. But with the special counsel’s office being so tight-lipped about its plans and processes of their investigation, there’s been no way to confirm that that’s in any way inevitable.
Until now. The president himself appears to have confirmed to Maggie Haberman at the New York Times that he expects to be interviewed soon, and under oath.
The Times reported late Wednesday that Mr. Trump said, “I’m looking forward to it,” when asked about speaking to Mueller, “ending months of speculation over whether he would submit to questions from the special counsel.”
The Times also reports that Mueller may also be “looking into whether the president sought to thwart the inquiry.”
Trump made these comments to reporters in a West Wing hallway near Chief of Staff John Kelly’s office.
More from The Times:
Trump also said he would be willing to answer questions under oath, but not until after asking whether Hillary Clinton, his 2016 campaign rival, has spoken under oath to the F.B.I. in the investigation into her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
The president’s admission indicates that he’s surrendered any notion that he could avoid the witness chair in Mueller’s investigation. Whether or not he can avoid impeachment remains to be seen.