“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough said Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE is “scared to death” of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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.
“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 ManafortUS sanctions four Ukrainians for aiding Russian influence operations Manafort book set for August publication Accused spy's lawyers say plans to leave country were over Trump, not arrest MORE and national security adviser Michael Flynn.