Let’s face it: forcing President Donald Trump to speak in circumstances where lying is a crime would be like forcing a man in a wheelchair to dunk a basketball.
Because he is a compulsive liar, Trump’s lawyers have insisted that their client should not testify to special counsel Robert Mueller. They are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators, as the New York Times reported last month.
Now, reconsidering the merits of this defense, Trump’s legal team is floating a new rationale for why he cannot submit to an open interview:
“It would be a travesty to waste Mr. Trump’s time and to set a precedent which would cripple a future president,” a Trump lawyer told The Wall Street Journal.
Wait. What? Trump is “too busy” to meet with Robert Mueller? Are these people serious?
While Trump may be terribly busy safeguarding his “executive time,” he also spends four to eight hours per day watching television. A Mueller interview can be scheduled for one of the president’s eight-hour television days, so even if the interview took as long as four hours, it would still leave him free for a robust level of screen time.
Mueller could even talk to the president while the TV was on, so if Trump grew bored with either the questioning or the shows, he could toggle his attention from one to the other.
How about cancelling one his golfing trips to Mar-A-Lago?
It really seems like the scheduling issue is something Trump and his team could work around… unless somehow he has some other reason to avoid the special counsel.