Here’s The Real Reason Why Donald Trump Fired James Comey

President Donald Trump's lawyers are urging him to avoid an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller because he is a pathological liar who cannot be trusted to refrain from telling falsehoods to investigators. No, really — that is essentially what The New York Times is actually reporting.

"Lawyers for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with the special counsel," the Times tells us, citing four people familiar with the situation. "His lawyers are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators."

Buried in this is a hint at an important concession. It is likely Trump's lawyers don't simply fear Trump might lie to investigators because he helplessly cannot refrain from doing so even about trivial matters, but also that he might feel he actually has reasons grounded in self-preservation to lie to them — because he has something important to cover up.

In an interview with me, Bob Bauer, the White House counsel under Barack Obama, suggested lines of inquiry Mueller might pursue that could lead Trump's lawyers to worry he might lie. Bauer noted that Mueller would ask Trump what he knew and when about the meeting Donald Trump Jr. held at Trump Tower to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russia.

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