As we know Donald Trump refused to have a sit-down interview with the Special Counsel investigators.
However, with the help of his lawyers, he did provide written responses.
Here are some examples courtesy of the AP:
On Trump Tower meeting:
SP: For the period June 6, 2016, through June 9, 2016, for what portion of each day were you in Trump Tower?
Did you speak or meet with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, or Jared Kushner on June 9, 2016? If yes, did any portion of any of those conversations or meetings include any reference to any aspect of the June 9 meeting? If yes, describe who you spoke with and the substance of the conversation.
Trump: I have no independent recollection of what portion of these four days in June of 2016 I spent in Trump Tower. This was one of many busy months during a fast-paced campaign, as the primary season was ending and we were preparing for the general election campaign.
I am now aware that my Campaign’s calendar indicates that I was in New York City from June 6-9, 2016. Calendars kept in my Trump Tower office reflect that I had various calls and meetings scheduled for each of these days. While those calls and meetings may or may not actually have taken place, they do indicate that I was in Trump Tower during a portion of each of these working days, and I have no reason to doubt that I was. When I was in New York City, I stayed at my Trump Tower apartment.
So Trump admits that he was there in Trump Tower but that he had no idea that his son, son-in-law, and campaign manager were meeting with Russians for the purpose of getting dirt on Hillary?
That may be the most blatant lie of all.
SP: Did you communicate directly or indirectly with any member or representative of the Agalarov family after June 3, 2016? If yes, describe who you spoke with, when, and the substance of the communication.
Trump: I have no independent recollection of any communications I had with the Agalarov family or anyone I understood to be a representative of the Agalarov family after June 3, 2016, and before the end of the campaign.
SP: Did you learn of any communications between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, or Jared Kushner and any member or representative of the Agalarov family, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Rob Goldstone, or any Russian official or contact that took place after June 9, 2016 and concerned the June 9 meeting or efforts by Russia to assist the campaign? If yes, describe who you learned this information from, when, and the substance of what you learned.
Trump: I do not recall being aware during the campaign of communications between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, or Jared Kushner and any member or representative of the Agalarov family, Robert Goldstone, Natalia Veselnitskaya (whose name I was not familiar with), or anyone I understood to be a Russian official.
He’s like Sargeant Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes, “I know NOTHING!!”
SP: Did any person or entity inform you during the campaign that Vladimir Putin or the Russian government supported your candidacy or opposed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton? If yes, describe the source(s) of the information, when you were informed, and the content of such discussion(s).
Trump: I have no recollection of being told during the campaign that Vladimir Putin or the Russian government “supported” my candidacy or “opposed” the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. However, I was aware of some reports indicating that President Putin had made complimentary statements about me.
Seriously? Of course, he knew that.
SP: On June 14, 2016, it was publicly reported that computer hackers had penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and that Russian intelligence was behind the unauthorized access, or hack. Prior to June 14, 2016, were you provided any information about any potential or actual hacking of the computer systems or email accounts of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Clinton Campaign, Hillary Clinton, or individuals associated with the Clinton campaign? If yes, describe who provided this information, when, and the substance of the information.
Trump: I do not remember the date on which it was publicly reported that the DNC had been hacked, but my best recollection is that I learned of the hacking at or shortly after the time it became the subject of media reporting. I do not recall being provided any information during the campaign about the hacking of any of the named entities or individuals before it became the subject of media reporting.
It just keeps going on and on like this for page after page.
Here are a few more that caught my eye.
SP: Did you have any discussions prior to January 20, 2017, regarding a potential pardon or other action to benefit Julian Assange? If yes, describe who you had the discussion(s) with, when, and the content of the discussion(s).
Trump: Response to Question II, Part (h): I do not recall having had any discussion during the campaign regarding a pardon or action to benefit Julian Assange.
SP: During the campaign, were you told about efforts by Russian officials to meet with you or senior members of your campaign? If yes, describe who you had conversations with on this topic, when, and what you were told.
Trump: I do not recall being told during the campaign of efforts by Russian officials to meet with me or with senior members of my campaign.
This last one, of course, is bullshit, as are many of the others that are listed, but because Trump did not sit down face to face with the investigators there were no follow up questions that would have certainly caught Trump in a lie, and then in another lie as he tried to cover for that lie.
As I reported in an earlier post the Mueller team felt they had the “the authority and legal justification” to issue a grand jury subpoena for Trump’s testimony but chose not to do so because it was late in the investigation and they felt it would complicate their plans to publish the report in a timely manner.
I think that was a really bad choice and that they should have pursued that subpoena along with their plans to write up this report for publication.
They’re smart, they can walk and chew gum at the same time.
P.S. If you want to read the entire document just click here.
Update: OMG! Trump is now literally blaming Obama for Russian interference.
Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
That actually left me speechless.