President Trump Is Unlikely to Testify for, Or Talk to, Robert Mueller

The news headlines blared, “Trump is Willing to Testify.”

On Wednesday, shortly before leaving for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump told reporters that he was “looking forward” to speaking with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, that he “would love to do it,” and that “I would do it under oath” (unlike Hillary Clinton, he pointed out, who merely spoke to the FBI in an informal setting about her e-mails).

But there is almost no chance that Trump will speak to Mueller “under oath.” First of all, there is no setting in which Trump would have the opportunity to do so — at least, not yet. There is no charge against him, no trial in which the president would be a witness, and no grand jury subpoena that would require the president to testify.