In his newest letter to President Donald Trump’s legal team, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now offering to allow Trump to submit written answers on questions about his campaign’s possible work with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election, according to a Tuesday New York Times report.
Mueller has reportedly not ruled out an in-person interview with Trump, though the letter did not ask for answers on obstruction of justice questions, leading team Trump to think that a sit-down with Mueller could be much less expansive in scope than they feared.
The new offer comes as details from Bob Woodward’s White House memoir, “Fear,” ricochet around Washington, including one episode where Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd reportedly told Mueller that Trump is too dumb to testify.
“I’m not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot,” Dowd says in the book. “And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, ‘I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?’”
Mueller reportedly replied: “John, I understand.”