Despite the daily bombardment of shifting and distracting Russia investigation story lines, one that has remained central is the prospect that Robert Mueller will interview Donald Trump. Investigation watchers are atwitter with visions of this heavyweight clash, in which a president who lies shamelessly will face Mueller the truth-seeker and his all-star team with the future of democracy on the line.
In reality, everyone should calm down—because it’s not likely to happen, and that’s probably a good thing for the investigation.
In the end, Trump will not agree to a voluntary interview. Mueller has the authority to subpoena him to appear before the grand jury, but for a variety of strategic reasons should be reluctant to do so.