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Should President Trump talk to special counsel Robert Mueller?

President Trump has indicated he is interested in sitting down for a formal interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump believes cooperating with the Mueller investigation will ultimately clear him and his campaign of any wrongdoing. Trump's lawyers have been discouraging him from taking the meeting, worried he could open himself up to various legal problems if he testifies. The president's allies are also concerned that any interview will be nothing more than a "perjury trap." What do you think?

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President Trump has reiterated numerous times, since the investigation started, his willingness to sit down with the special counsel. The Hill quoted Trump in January saying: 

“It's sort of like, when you've done nothing wrong, let's be open and get it over with,” Trump told reporters at Camp David last Saturday when asked about the prospect of an interview.

President Trump has frequently stated he feels the investigation is getting in the way of his ability to govern and a swift conclusion would allow him to better focus on that mission. 

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The New York Times reported that special counsel Robert Mueller has provided President Trump's lawyers with an extensive list of questions he wants to ask the president. The list covers topics that range from Trump's involvement with former national security adviser Michael Flynn:

What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016? These questions revolve around whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice to protect Mr. Flynn from prosecution. His phone calls with Mr. Kislyak are at the heart of that inquiry.
During the calls, Mr. Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to sanctions just announced by the Obama administration. But Mr. Trump’s aides publicly denied that sanctions were discussed and, when questioned by the F.B.I., Mr. Flynn denied it, as well. Mr. Mueller wants to know whether Mr. Flynn was operating on Mr. Trump’s behalf. Prosecutors may already know the answer: Mr. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying and is cooperating with investigators.

To what President Trump thought of former FBI Director James Comey:

What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition? The questions about Mr. Comey relate to whether Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last year to shield Mr. Flynn, or anyone else, from prosecution. Mr. Trump has denied that, saying he fired Mr. Comey because of his mishandling of the F.B.I.’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
This question is important because, if Mr. Trump truly was upset about the Clinton investigation, he would have shown an early distaste for Mr. Comey.

With such a wide variety of questions, President Trump's lawyers and adviser worry he could find himself in a "perjury trap" where he incriminates himself for other crimes. 

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President Trump frequently tweets about his lack of involvement with Russian interference or any wrongdoing involving his campaign. Why not share that information in an official capacity with the special counsel?

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While President Trump believes testifying will bring the investigation to a quick and definitive conclusion, legal experts worry any information he shares could actually fuel further investigations. Per the New York Times:

Mr. Trump’s belief that an interview would bring the investigation to a swift end ignores several realities: that the investigation sprawls into areas well beyond his behavior; the possibility that Justice Department officials will hand over the results of the investigation to lawmakers to decide whether to proceed, thus prolonging the inquiry; and the lack of any public indication from the special counsel about how much work he has ahead of him.
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