A legal scholar says President Trump should under no circumstances agree to be questioned by Robert Mueller.
President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Times that the special counsel has agreed to avoid a "fishing" expedition by narrowing the subject of questions in an effort to get the president to submit to an interview. The former New York City mayor said that Mr. Mueller's team displayed a "first good faith effort" during a Wednesday meeting that might result in an interview in July and a final Mueller report by Labor Day. Still, Giuliani put the chance of an interview at 50-50.
Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, advises Trump to refuse an interview.
"Robert Mueller has no right to be investigating the president," he states. "A sitting president cannot be indicted, cannot be charged. That is longstanding Justice Department opinion based on the Constitution. So he's got no basis for investigating the president."
Von Spakovsky points out that is something Congress can do "if they think a president has committed impeachable offenses. But not Robert Mueller," he reiterates. "So there's no reason for the president to subject himself to an interrogation by Robert Mueller."
And the legal fellow says Giuliani has revealed that Mueller will not seek an indictment against the president.
"If that's true, there is even less of a basis for Mueller to continue his investigation, unless he is trying to use his authority to produce evidence for Democrats who would like to impeach the president," von Spakovsky adds.
He concludes that is not the job of the Justice Department or its special counsel.