Letter to the Editor / THE UNANSWERABLE QUESTION

Roger C. kostmayer

President Trump is at a dangerous fork because either road leads to his political demise.

The president and his lawyers must decide whether Donald J.Trump will answer questions from the Special Prosecutor charged with investigating the White House and Russian attacks on the US, or refuse to answer Robert Mueller’s questions on the Constitutional grounds that doing so could prove he committed a crime.  If Trump follows his lawyers’ advice and refuses to answer any questions, he will be contradicting himself and, in effect, admitting his guilt in the court of public opinion – which should end his political career and the support of all but the most rabid supporters.

Alternatively, if Trump follows his egotistical pattern and believes he can bluster his way through the process, he’ll find himself on the horns of an unsurvivable dilemma.  When Special Prosecutor Mueller asks President Trump “Did you try to fire me – yes or no?”, either answer is a felony and grounds for impeachment.

If Trump denies the provable fact that he did try to fire the Special Prosecutor, he’s guilty of a felony by lying to a special prosecutor (or perjury if it is before a grand jury); if Trump admits the truth, he’s guilty of the felony of obstruction of justice (whether he was successful or not) and of abuse of power.  

Either way, justice, the American democratic system of checks and balances, and Bob Mueller are all well served.