I actually agree with this.
Courtesy of Axios:
President Trump will not voluntarily answer questions about obstruction of justice, gambling that Robert Mueller won’t have the stomach for a court fight.
A source close to Trump’s legal team tauntingly tells us it’s “Mueller’s moment of truth.”
In a high-stakes move designed to force Robert Mueller’s hand, Giuliani said Trump won’t answer the feds’ questions — in writing or in person — about whether he tried to block the probe into Russian election interference.
Trump’s lawyers are betting that Mueller won’t have the heart for the multi-month court fight that would result from trying to compel the president to be interviewed.
The White House bet: Mueller will blink and ultimately issue an incomplete report, avoiding the stakes of a court battle.
The source close to the president’s team explained: “Mueller backed off from a demand for a face-to-face, to get to a compromise of written Q-and-A on Russia. And Rudy still says no. What is Mueller to do now?”
A source with direct knowledge of the Trump’s legal team machinations said “there is no strategy” beyond the PR tactic of threatening Mueller, and attempting to bruise him as much as possible.
To be clear Trump is now engaged in a high stakes game of chicken with the Special Counsel appointed to discover if he was working with the Russians to steal the 2016 election.
However, I would disagree that Mueller’s report will be “incomplete” as I think he already has plenty of evidence to write his report.
Keep in mind that Bob Woodward did not have access to Trump either, and yet his book has proven devastating to the Trump Administration.
I also find it very interesting that this public relations battle is the only strategy that the Trump team has in dealing with the investigation.
Essentially they are placing all of Trump’s eggs in a poorly constructed basket of denial, misinformation, and conservative propaganda.