Trump lawyer Ty Cobb has gone on record saying that Donald Trump is “very eager” to talk with Robert Mueller and that Trump wants to lay the matter to rest. One of those statements is true, and it’s not the first one.
Cobb said Mr. Trump wants to put the matter to rest, and he told [CBS correspondent Major] Garrett there are “active discussions” about a special counsel interview, but no formal request has yet been made.
It is Cobb’s belief that the Mueller investigation will ultimately be immaterial to Mr. Trump and his presidency. Cobb said he expects it to be wrapped up in 4-6 weeks.
“There’s a big difference between a shooting star and a planet,” Cobb told Garrett, referring to the big headlines for the legal issues of Papadopoulos, Manafort and Flynn. Cobb said he believes these pleas and indictment will not impact the president.
Cobb also went on to say how the Trump Russia investigation was a “drag on his presidency,” slowing Trump down from concentrating on his place in history.
In practical terms, Cobb is concerned about whether the Mueller investigation would be a “perjury trap” for Trump.
Cobb said if Mueller did interview Mr. Trump, it could be a perjury trap — that is, a situation in which his story does not match the evidence — something Cobb said “foolish” was not to consider. But Cobb said he has known Mueller for a long time, and doesn’t believe that is his aim.
Nobody else believes that Mueller’s aim is to trap Trump into perjury either. However, as much as Trump is used to lying, over 2,000 times in office so far, far surpassing any other president, is it at all reasonable to assume that he’s going to suddenly shape up and tell the truth — even under oath?
The fact that Cobb came out at all to say that Trump is eager to testify belies everything that Trump has said to date, i.e., that he will be “fully exonerated” and that he “is not under investigation.” It will be interesting to see how Trump continues with his narrative about Trump Russia being a hoax after Robert Mueller filets him on the witness stand.