President Donald Trump’s lawyers are reportedly in negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office to conduct an interview as part of the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Given Trump’s difficulty in controlling his impulses, however, many legal experts say they’d be wary of letting Trump chat with Mueller’s crack team of prosecutors.
One source who is described as having “knowledge of the Mueller investigation” tells New York Magazine’s Cristian Farias that Trump is the kind of client that gives attorneys nightmares because he will “humiliate you and destroy you because he just can’t follow directions.”
The Mueller team will be ready to go with several carefully calibrated questions designed to trip up the president, says the source, and the president’s lawyers will have a very difficult time controlling his responses.
“He’s a loose cannon,” the source told Farias. “No matter how much you prep him, no matter what small words you use to explain to him the potential landmines he could step on … he will leap in blindly and say whatever pops into his head, and that could be a potential disaster.”
Farias also notes that even pro-Trump legal pundit Alan Dershowitz has questioned the wisdom of letting Trump be interviewed by Mueller, although he said that he would never be willing to let any client get grilled by the prosecution.