Ben Shapiro: Trump's lawyers 'should lock him in the White House basement' to avoid Mueller testimony

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE not to sit down for an interview with Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE, saying the president's lawyers should "take him down to the basement of the White House and physically chain him up" to prevent him from talking with the special counsel.

“I mean, if the lawyers have to take him down to the basement of the White House and physically chain him up to prevent him from talking to Mueller, I would recommend that be on the table so long as they don’t violate his consent in any way because that would be illegal,” the "Daily Wire" founder and editor-in-chief joked with host Shannon Bream on "Fox News at Night."

ADVERTISEMENT

“It would be such a mistake to put somebody like President Trump, who likes to bloviate, who likes to exaggerate, who likes to say everything is the biggest, the strongest, the best, the hugest, the most incredible," Shapiro, 34, continued late Wednesday.

"Put that in front of a trained lawyer like Robert Mueller, a trained investigator like Robert Mueller, who’s going to sit there and try to pick apart statements.”

Shapiro's recommendation comes on the heels of news reports that some members of the president's legal team were advising Trump against doing an interview with the special counsel.

Trump has indicated he would talk to Mueller if asked, but added that decision would ultimately be up to his legal counsel. 

Shapiro noted that former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMajor health reform requires Democratic congressional dominance No presidential candidate can unite the country Lindsey Graham's Faustian bargain MORE was a “very good lawyer and a very smart guy when it came to manipulating language and he got caught in a perjury trap" in 1998 while under questioning.

Shapiro added that it wouldn't be hard to envision Trump getting caught in the same trap.