On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump told reporters that Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepared a series of written questions for him, which the president "very easily" answered. Trump stressed how very simple the Q&A was -- he apparently saw this as a test, which he's confident he passed -- while insisting that his lawyers played no role in preparing the answers.
Since we're dealing with a president who's the subject of an ongoing federal investigation, it's very difficult to believe Trump's legal defense team were passive bystanders in response to the special counsel's questionnaire, but that was Trump's line and he was proud of it.
What was less clear from his answer, though, was whether the written responses would mark the end of his communications with Mueller's team or serve as a precursor to a sit-down interview. In his latest Fox News interview, which aired yesterday, the president made the case for the former over the latter.
Chris Wallace asked specifically if his "final position" is that there will be no sit-down interview with the special counsel. The president said he'll "probably" refuse the invitation.
TRUMP: I would say probably. Probably. I mean, I can change my mind, but probably. I think we've --
WALLACE: No interview?
TRUMP: I think we've wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we're finished.
When the Fox host pressed further, asking what the odds are that he'd agree to a sit-down interview with Mueller and his team, Trump said, "I don't do odds."
Wallace responded, "You ran a casino, sir."
And while that was the correct response, it's important to appreciate Trump's apparent decision not to fully cooperate with the Mueller probe.