Saturday, March 10, 2018

It's Mueller TIme, Con't

Robert Mueller is closing in on Donald Trump, and we know this because the Trump regime is offering to make Mueller a completely ludicrous deal where Trump allows Mueller to interview him if Mueller does something, you know, completely reasonable and ends the investigation.

Attorneys for President Trump are reportedly considering asking special counsel Robert Mueller to set a hard end date for his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election as one of the preconditions for an interview with president.

While Trump's lawyers remain split on the terms of such a deal, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, they also want Mueller to agree to parameters on the scope of such an interview.

One idea being floated is that Mueller would agree to wrap up the probe within 60 days of interviewing Trump.

Conversations between Mueller and Trump’s attorneys are reportedly only just beginning. Trump has said he is "looking forward" to speaking with the special counsel's team, but his lawyers have repeatedly emphasized that he would only agree under certain conditions.

Legal experts interviewed by the Journal expressed skepticism Mueller would agree to the idea.

“You can’t put a timeline on these things,” said former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg. “Someone could walk in the door on the day before their proposed deadline and say, ‘I’ve got some information that’s going to blow your minds.’ … [And] Mueller’s going to say, ‘Oh, too bad, the deadline’s tomorrow?’”

Nobody on earth thinks this is a reasonable deal in any way.  This is Trump's starting point for negotiations, then Mueller should hang up.  He's got more than enough on Trump anyway. So what sparked this "attempt" at cutting a deal?  My guess is the testimony of Sam Nunberg before a grand jury today which lasted several hours made Trump sweat bullets.

A former Trump campaign aide appeared for hours before a federal grand jury Friday, after he defiantly insisted in a series of news interviews just days earlier that he intended to defy a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Sam Nunberg spent more than six hours inside the federal courthouse in Washington. He declined to speak with journalists on the way in or out of the building, and it was not immediately clear what testimony he offered to the grand jury or what documents he provided.

His appearance marked a turnabout from extraordinary public statements Monday when Nunberg, in multiple interviews, balked at complying with a subpoena that sought his appearance before the grand jury as well as correspondence with other campaign officials. In doing so, he became the first witness in the Mueller probe to openly threaten to defy a subpoena.

But later that night, Nunberg, who initially suggested that he considered Mueller's document demands unreasonable, told The Associated Press he had relented and predicted he'd wind up complying after all.

"I'm going to end up cooperating with them," he said.

Nunberg said he worked for hours to produce the thousands of emails and other communications requested by Mueller, who is investigating whether Donald Trump's campaign improperly coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

"I thought it was a teachable moment," he said of his 24 hours in the limelight.

Nunberg is Roger Stone's boy through and through, and my guess is that he gave up Stone lock, stock and two smoking barrels.  And if Roger Stone is now facing his turn in the dock, Trump has to be terrified.

Scared enough to start offering deals.  After all, if there's nothing to discuss with Mueller, and Trump did nothing, there's no reason to answer any of Mueller's questions.  Trump even offering that he's willing to negotiate means he knows things are going to get a lot worse and soon.

Stay tuned.

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