The Washington Post has confirmed that President Donald Trump is a subject of a criminal investigation as it relates to the Russia probe. Special Counsel Robert Mueller seeks to interview the President as part of his investigation.
In private negotiations in early March about a possible presidential interview, Mueller described Trump as a subject of his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Prosecutors view someone as a subject when that person has engaged in conduct that is under investigation but there is not sufficient evidence to bring charges.
Mueller has told the President's attorneys that he must interview the President as part of his investigation.
Mueller reiterated the need to interview Trump — both to understand whether he had any corrupt intent to thwart the Russia investigation and to complete this portion of his probe, the people said.
Trump has taken comfort in the fact that he is not a 'target' of Mueller's investigation, something that experts could change quickly depending on the outcome of his interview.
“If I were the president, I would be very reluctant to think I’m off the hook,” said Keith Whittington, a professor of politics at Princeton University and impeachment expert. “My sense of it is the president — given that information — ought to have pretty fair warning anything he’s saying in the deposition would be legally consequential. Depending on what he says, it could wind up changing how the special counsel is thinking about him.”