President Trump’s lawyers are reportedly counseling him to avoid answering questions from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, including taking an aggressive approach to asserting executive privilege. As a former White House counsel who once took that position myself, back when President Bill Clinton was facing similar demands from an independent counsel, I fully understand their concerns. Indeed, I have lived them.
But I believe that fighting Mueller’s efforts to obtain the president’s testimony would be a mistake, both legally and politically. Neither the courts nor the public will support prolonged resistance that is not based on a reasonable view of the Constitution and applicable law.
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