Trump’s lawyers have been pushing the excuse that Trump shouldn’t submit to a interview with the Mueller team because prosecutors might lead him into a “Perjury Trap.” If a trap means an interview will provide a setting where a pathological liar without the capacity for telling the truth will end up committing perjury, they’re right!
Trump has no more chance of making it through an interview under oath without perjuring himself than an ice-cube not melting in hell. But that isn’t Trump’s biggest worry (other that the financial documents tying him to money laundering, foreign bribes and defrauding the US Government). Trump has to worry about avoiding the Obstruction of Justice Trap that awaits him when his son is indicted for lying to the FBI.
Donald Jr lied to the FBI about the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June, 2016 involving Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and a still unknown number of Russians including a lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. What seems forgotten in the reporting was that the lies Donald Jr provided to the FBI were likely those provided to him by his father. News broke of the Trump Tower meeting while Donald J. Trump and his son were on Air Force One returning from an overseas trip. President Trump dictated a response which contained the lies Trump Jr most likely repeated to the FBI. The President finds himself in a situation where his son faces a felony charge for repeating the words he provided.
While certainly questionable, before we got to know his children, Donald Trump was generally considered to have done well with them, although he had relatively little to do with raising them. Whatever you think of Donald, there is little to suggest he’ll shrug off an indictment of his namesake, for repeating lies created by himself. When they come for Donald Jr, his father will have three options:
- Take responsibility himself and admit the lie was of his own making and Donald Jr was acting at the behest of the President and therefore charges should be dropped.
- Trump can simply pardon his son, demonstrating he considers not only himself but also his family members above the law.
- He can immediately fire Mueller (meaning he has to fire Rosenstein and possibly multiple others until he can find someone in the Justice Department willing to do the deed. That would be as clear an example of obstruction we’ll ever find, certain to make it’s way among the Impeachment articles.
An honorable man might choose the first option. Donald Trump has rarely been confused with an honorable man. A relative restrained man might go the second route, restraint is not a Trump virtue either. The Donald Trump we’ve come to know will react with furious anger, obstructing justice at every turn. That’s the trap he need fear, and he’s too stupid to get out of the way.