Scarborough: Trump is 'scared to death' of Mueller investigation

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE is “scared to death” of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation, knowing the former FBI director “will out-think him at every turn.”

“He understands that he’s not smart enough, he understands that he’s not smooth enough, he understands that he’s just too slow to keep up with Robert Mueller,” Scarborough, a frequent Trump critic, said on MSNBC “He doesn’t have the nerve.”

“He’s scared to death right now that he’s going to have to actually testify in front of Robert Mueller, because he knows that Mueller will outwit him at every turn,” the former Florida congressman continued.

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“He knows that Mueller will outthink him at every turn. He’ll know that when he’s sitting in that interview across from Robert Mueller, that Mueller will be three, four, five steps ahead of him.”

Trump said earlier this month that he was “looking forward” to interviewing with Mueller, but that he would defer to his attorneys for a final decision.

CNN reported Monday that Trump’s lawyers are reportedly arguing that Mueller has not yet met the “bar” to interview Trump, saying that his team must prove that Trump is the only person who can provide them with the information they seek before interviewing him.

Scarborough said Trump is “frantically doing everything he can to avoid testifying” before Mueller.

“Donald Trump knows that Robert Mueller is just a lot smarter than him, a lot shrewder than him, and so he’s doing all of these things,” he said.

A new poll released Thursday found more than 70 percent of Americans say Trump should agree to an interview with Mueller, and 82 percent said that such an interview should be under oath.

Mueller’s investigation has produced four indictments of former Trump officials, including campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortStone judge under pressure over calls for new trial President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Free Roger Stone MORE and national security adviser Michael Flynn.