In January, Donald Trump surprised White House reporters with some impromptu comments how much he's looking forward to speaking to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"I'm looking forward to it, actually," Trump said, adding that he'd "love to" talk to the special counsel investigators. The president went on to say he's "absolutely" prepared to answer questions under oath, and he suggested the discussion would happen in roughly "two or three weeks."
That was two months ago. In the weeks that followed, Trump's lawyers have gone to almost comical lengths to give the appearance of cooperation, without actually agreeing to a presidential Q&A, At one point, the president's defense team considered offering the special counsel's team a written affidavit, signed by the president, "affirming he was innocent." Another possibility would be an on-paper interview -- in effect, a take-home exam -- in which Trump's lawyers answered Mueller's questions in writing instead of having the president sit down with investigators.
More recently, Trump's lawyers reportedly offered the special counsel a deal in which Mueller and his team could interview the president, so long as no asked the president any detailed questions, and in exchange, Mueller would agree to end his investigation in 60 days.
As Rachel noted on the show last night, the Washington Post reported on the latest, unintentionally hilarious offer.
President Trump's attorneys have provided the special counsel's office with written descriptions that chronicle key moments under investigation in hopes of curtailing the scope of a presidential interview, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Trump's legal team recently shared the documents in an effort to limit any session between the president and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a few select topics, the people said.
The idea is to provide the special counsel with "a narrative of the White House view" of key events that are currently under investigation, in order to "eliminate the need to ask the president" about the incidents.
You've got to be kidding me.