During a panel discussion on special counsel Robert Mueller’s desire to sit down and interview Donald Trump — much to his lawyer’s chagrin — an MSNBC analyst suggested Mueller’s investigators may attempt to bait the president in order to get him to blurt out something incriminating.
Speaking with host Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC regular Jason Johnson said that it was unlikely that Mueller would be Trump’s chief interrogator and that he would turn it over to the professionals.
“Is there is any legal way from keeping Trump from a face-to-face,” Wallace asked.
“They are afraid of a Lester Holt moment. They’re afraid,” Johnson explained, pointing to Trump’s admission to the NBC anchor that he considered “this Russia thing” before firing FBI Director James Comey.
“Look, Robert Mueller doesn’t have to be the closer, right?” Johnson continued. “But you get Donald Trump in a room and you poke his ego, you frustrate him — he is going to say something. And if it doesn’t get him in trouble, it might get someone in trouble, someone in the administration in trouble.”
New York Times correspondent Peter Baker agreed, recalling Trump’s history in depositions.
“We’ve seen Donald Trump in litigation in the past,” he explained. “He’s been sued many times as a businessman and often said things in depositions that contradict things he’s said in public. You can’t get away with that now.”
Watch the video below via MSNBC: