Washington, D.C., January 17, 2018 – In the latest edition of Yeomans Work, “Donald Trump, Meet Robert Mueller,” AFJ’s Ronald Goldfarb Fellow for Justice Bill Yeomans continues his predictions about developments we will see in the Russia probe in 2018. Yeomans writes that a Mueller interview of Trump is coming. “It is almost certain to happen in one forum or another before the investigation ends,” he predicts. “The scope, timing, setting, and rules governing the interview will tell us a great deal.”
“Trump’s lawyers have floated the idea of submitting an affidavit or responding to written questions,” Yeomans notes. “Neither will be accepted. Investigators must meet in person with key witnesses in order to observe demeanor and tone of voice, as well as to be able to ask follow up questions to pin down the witness’s positions. Mueller, however, may be open to negotiating something short of Trump appearing in person before a grand jury.”
In the meantime, in the wake of news that Mueller has in fact subpoenaed former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, Yeomans notes it “will not be surprising if Mueller indicts – or at least exhausts the investigation of – more people before working his way to Trump.”
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