President Trump surprised people late Friday by announcing that he is “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about his interactions with James Comey. There has been considerable speculation about Trump’s willingness to go under oath. His counsel could have negotiated at least initially for an interview without going under oath. As I have stated before, the greatest threat facing officials in a scandal of this kind is a false statements prosecution under 18 U.S.C. 1001. Given Trump’s notorious habit for going off script, the risks of such a violation would be much higher for counsel prepping him for such a deposition or testimony.
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