Fox News host: How could Trump testify to Mueller knowing he could face charges if he lies?

Fox News host Dagen McDowell questioned how President TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE would be able to sit for a potential interview with 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 without lying.

During Fox News’s “Outnumbered” on Monday, McDowell said that Mueller is “setting a trap” for the president.


“How in the world could he ever cooperate and sit down with Mueller for an interview knowing that if you tell one lie to Bob Mueller, he will move to file charges?” she said.

Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov responded, saying: “He could not tell a lie, that’s always an option here.”

Tarlov then pointed out multiple statements the president has made related to the special counsel investigation that have been proven to be untrue or contradicted his past statements.

The New York Times reported last week that Trump is again urging his legal team to allow him to have an interview with the special counsel, though his lawyers have advised against it.

Mueller wants to question Trump about possible obstruction of justice and is reportedly examining the president’s tweets to build a case. Mueller has reportedly also said that he would be willing to accept some of Trump’s answers to questions in writing.

Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said Monday that that the president’s legal team has not yet made a decision on an interview, and is planning to tell Mueller that they have “reluctance” about allowing questions about obstruction of justice.

Mueller is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including any possible collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Moscow.