MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle pointed out that President Donald Trump has yet to deny laundering money for Russians even though he has insisted that he did not participate in collusion or commit obstruction of justice with regard to the Russian investigation.
During a panel discussion on Tuesday, Ruhle wondered what it would signal if the president declines to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“In the past, President Trump has said, ‘I would definitely sit down with him,'” the MSNBC host noted.
MSNBC judicial analyst Matthew Miller argued that refusing the interview would signal that Trump “has something to hide.”
“Lawyers are worrying about one of two things happening in that interview,” Miller continued. “One, he tells the truth and his admissions constitute admission to a crime, probably obstruction of justice. And, two, he lies to investigators and puts himself in greater legal jeopardy.”
“It was just a couple of weeks ago that the president said, ‘I look forward to sitting down with Mueller,'” Ruhle reminded her panelists. “[He says], ‘There’s no collusion whatsoever. There’s no obstruction of justice.”
“Notice, he never says there’s no money laundering,” she added.
Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes pushed back on the assertion from Trump’s attorney’s that investigators are trying to “trap” him into lying.
“There’s no such thing as a perjury trap,” Sykes explained. “You just have to not lie. And Donald Trump has shown himself incapable of doing this.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC.