DC Daily: Trump concerned potential Mueller interview could be 'perjury trap'

DC Daily: Trump concerned potential Mueller interview could be 'perjury trap'
Posted at 9:10 AM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 12:10:41-04

Here's what's making headlines in the political world on Tuesday, August 21, 2018:

Trump: Interview with Mueller could be “perjury trap”
-- In an interview with Reuters, President Trump said he is concerned that an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be considered a “perjury trap.”

Trump believes Mueller could pit the president’s statements against others who have testified in the ongoing Russia collusion investigation.

Trump told Reuters:

“So if I say something and he (Comey) says something, and it’s my word against his, and he’s best friends with Mueller, so Mueller might say: ‘Well, I believe Comey,’ and even if I’m telling the truth, that makes me a liar. That’s no good.”

Later in the interview, Trump said he had the power to run the investigation if he wanted to.

“I can go in, and I could do whatever -- I could run it if I want. But I decided to stay out,” he said. “I’m totally allowed to be involved if I wanted to be. So far, I haven’t chosen to be involved. I’ll stay out.”

Trump did not say whether he would agree to meet with Mueller for an interview.

Trump’s statements in the interview come on the heels of reports that a top White House lawyer has become a key witness in Mueller’s probe.

Sources: Trump unsettled by McGahn's 30 hours with the Special Counsel
--White House counsel Don McGahn's 30 hours of conversations with special counsel Robert Mueller's team has unnerved President Donald Trump, who didn't know the full extent of McGahn's discussions, two people familiar with his thinking said.

The meetings only add complications to the already-fraught relationship between the President and the White House's top lawyer. And as nervous aides await a verdict in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial and watch with trepidation the inauspicious public relations blitz carried by lead attorney Rudy Giuliani, uncertainty surrounding the President's handling of the Russia investigation abounds.

Trump was spending another weekend at his New Jersey golf club when The New York Times first reported McGahn's cooperation with Mueller's office, which is investigating Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

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Trump’s morning tweets:
-- The president touched on several topics on his Twitter feed on Tuesday morning:

Trump, NYC mayor exchange barbs
-- President Trump lashed out at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday morning, accusing him of stealing his campaign slogan.

In a tweet, Trump said: “Bill DeBlasio, the high taxing Mayor of NYC, just stole my campaign slogan: PROMISES MADE PROMISES KEPT! That’s not at all nice. No imagination!”

The mayor responded with his own tweet: “The difference is that I’m not lying when I say it.”

Trump ripped de Blasio after the New York City mayor appeared at an event with a sign that read “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”

Similar signs have appeared at Trump rallies in the past.

Melania Trump confirms her first big solo trip as first lady
-- Melania Trump announced Monday that she will go to Africa in October for her first major solo trip since becoming first lady.

"This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history," the first lady said in a statement. "We are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another."

The Associated Press was first to report her travel plans.

In January, CNN reported that President Donald Trump, at a closed-door meeting at the White House, bemoaned the influx of immigrants from what he deemed "s---hole countries" in Africa, according to sources.

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CNN contributed to this report