Back in June, Donald Trump stated that he would be willing to provide a sworn testimony if Mueller asked, but he seems to be singing a different tune nowadays because his legal team has taken a keen interest in a 24-year-old investigation of Mike Espy, a former agriculture secretary during the Clinton administration.
Epsy was being investigated for corruption due to his acceptance of gifts and travel while serving as part of the Clinton Administration in 1994. During the investigation, an appellate court ruled certain documents and communications to be withheld from prosecutors citing presidential privilege, and Epsy was eventually acquitted.
Trump’s legal team is currently in “early talks’ with the federal investigators about a Trump interview regarding the Russian interference in the presidential election, and Trump’s lawyer’s are looking into appling the “Espy Standard” and whether it can include testimony of the president as part of the privilege.
If Trump’s team is successful in blocking an interview with federal investigators, it could deal quite a blow to the Russian probe, as many think “Trump’s testimony about the Comey and Flynn firings could be key for Mueller’s investigation.”
Four people that worked with the Trump campaign already face criminal charges, and yet, Trump states, “nobody’s found any collusion at any level.” And although Trump deems the whole investigation a “Democrat hoax,” he seems to have his people working hard to avoid a meeting with Mueller.
Read more about the Espy investigation and Trump’s Lawyers here “Trump lawyers turn to controversial 1994 Espy investigation that could provide cover in Russia probe” written by David Jackson and Kevin Johnson for USA Today on January 11, 2018.