There are several recent signs that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to make major moves in the Trump Russia scandal – including indictment and arrests of big fish – within days. Even as this plays out, Mueller has also clearly given Donald Trump a hard deadline for answering his written questions, as Trump bragged today that he has finished answering the questions. In the process of bragging, legal experts believe he screwed up.
According to Josh Campbell of CNN, Donald Trump said this today about Robert Mueller’s questions: “I write the answers. My lawyers don’t write answers. I write answers. I was asked a series of questions. I’ve answered them very easily – very easily.” Okay, we’re not sure what kind of student stops to brag about having finished his homework on time before turning it in, but so be it. Except wait a minute, it turns out Trump just said something really stupid.
Respected former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance summed it up this way on Twitter: “This could potentially be helpful to the Mueller investigation, as the President is publicly adopting the answers as his own. One of the reasons to answer in writing is to create some distance. His lawyers won’t be happy to see this.”
So there you have it. In his eagerness to brag about how he was smart enough to have done his own homework without the help of his legal tutors, Donald Trump just made it easier for Robert Mueller to nail him. Trump just keeps making this easier for Mueller.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report