Jeffrey Toobin, a former associate counsel during the Iran-Contra investigation, debunked conservative talking points that it would be a “perjury trap” for special counsel Robert Mueller to interview President Donald Trump.
“Tonight, a new window into the Russia investigation as the special counsel asks for a two-month delay in sentencing the fired national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who pled guilty to lying to investigators and now is cooperating with the Mueller team,” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer reported. “Also breaking, the White House is refusing to comment on the list of questions that Mueller reportedly wants to ask President Trump if — and when — they actually sit down for an interview.”
CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explained why Mueller wants to interview President Trump.
“What’s in his mind is the critical issue in the whole case,” the former federal prosecutor argued. “Obstruction of justice is an intent crime.”
“So, some say it’s a perjury trap, obviously,” CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger noted. “It’s clear that they’re, you know, they’re never going to let him sit down for an interview.”
“I’ve never understood the term perjury trap, just tell the truth and you’re not trapped,” Toobin noted.
“Easy for some but maybe not for this client,” Borger replied.