'Far Too Much Incriminating Information': Former FBI Official Explains Why Trump Likely Won't Speak to Mueller
Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to interview President Donald Trump as a part of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but new developments in the case suggest that Trump may do whatever he can to avoid answering questions on the matter, according to a former FBI official.
Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, made the comments Wednesday afternoon to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on her show "Deadline: White House."
Wallace asked whether the latest report from Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, which accused Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen of receiving large payments after the election from companies, including one backed by a Russsian oligarch, would affect Trump's willingness to testify.
"What we've learned from Avenatti makes it far less likely that the president's ever going to sit down with Mueller," Figliuzzi said. "There's far too much incriminating information out there to jam him up."
Betsy Woodruff, a reporter for the Daily Beast, agreed.
"As every day passes, it becomes less and less likely that the president will consent to sitting down for an interview with Mueller. I think part of the reason Giuliani has done this kind of flamboyant media effort over the last few weeks is because he's trying to shift this from being a legal question to a political and political affairs question," she said.
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Former FBI agent says there’s "far too much incriminating information” against Trump for him to testify pic.twitter.com/xHH61CJi15— AlterNet (@AlterNet) May 9, 2018