“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,’” the president told NBC News’s Lester Holt in May.
Ray said Clinton had “no choice” but to testify because if he didn’t, he faced the prospect of impeachment by the Republican-controlled House. That’s not the case for Trump because his party controls both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
“If you’re the lawyer, you have to be attentive to your clients’ personality and how he reacts to tough questions,” said John Wood, a former U.S. attorney. “He will have to keep his emotions and his ego in check and always answer truthfully.”Mueller’s team, meanwhile, is sure to resist efforts to limit the scope or circumstances of the interview. Legal experts believe there is a good chance that, ultimately, the two parties might not agree on terms to make the interview happen.