President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager on Sunday urged Robert Mueller’s team to avoid subpoenaing the president by working with the White House to define a narrow scope of questions for the president.
Corey Lewandowski said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s team is negotiating to figure out what questions Trump would be asked about in a possible interview with the group investigating whether there was collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
“There’s a potential to avoid a subpoena entirely if the team can work together and determine that the questions that will be asked will be relevant to an investigation to prove once and for all there was no collusion,” Lewandowski said.
If Trump is subpoenaed by Mueller’s team, Lewandowski said the president’s legal team will fight it in court. But if the courts rule that Trump must comply, he said he doesn’t believe the president will defy the court order.
“I think the president clearly respects the rule of law in this country, there’s no question about it,” he said.
The president’s lawyers sent Mueller a lengthy letter arguing that he cannot be compelled to testify. “Having him testify demeans the office of the president before the world,” they wrote. They also argued it is not possible for the president to obstruct justice because he has the ultimate authority over any such investigation.