President Trump has said he'll be happy to answer any questions the Mueller investigators throw at him: he'll even answer under oath!
Sound too good to be true? It is. Here's your peek into the presidential playbook: Trump doesn't really want to subject himself to this self-incriminating questioning. He's aware that answering truthfully (fat chance there) will have dire consequences for him and his administration. But he can't refuse the summons lest it appear he has something to hide. Quite the dilemma. So, he strongly suggests that his attorneys step in and stand up to Mr. Mueller, advising that they (the attorneys) will make the final decision whether or not Trump actually appears before the investigators. Problem solved.
Trump will call a press conference and tell the assembled reporters that "...you all heard me, I really wanted to testify, but, ya know, those lawyers just won't let me. I tried. Honest."
In a personal meeting, all the Mueller team needs to do is flatter Trump and he'll spill his guts to anyone who'll listen. Without his staff-prepared speeches, he'll have to resort to his third-grade education to create his now-famous "word salad" responses. And the investigators will have to listen to how Trump actually did win the popular vote; Hillary is a crook; Mexico will pay for the border wall; ad nauseam.
Albany (Jan. 25)