Last month, special counsel Robert S. Mueller informed Trump’s attorneys that he is continuing to investigate the president… but does not consider him a “criminal target at this point,” per a new report from Washington Post, citing three people “familiar with the discussions.”
It was also reported that in early March, during private negotiations in which Mueller was soliciting an interview with the president himself, Mueller described Trump as a subject of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. This led all of Team Trump — see: Fox News — to celebrate that the president is not a target, simply a subject.
While we can’t know what any of them do or do not comprehend about investigations such as these is that subject is pretty much the standard term for a potential target, perhaps just one against whom there is not sufficient evidence to classify as a target… and/or one you believe dim enough to find the distinction between words like subject and target to be sufficient reason to cooperate more readily.
Additionally, the special counsel reportedly told Trump’s legal team that he is preparing a report about the president’s actions while in office and that the report could potentially conclude there is cause to pursue obstruction of justice. Robert Mueller reiterated the need to interview Trump, saying that it is import for his investigation to understand whether Trump had any intent to sabotage the Russia investigation. Robert Mueller also said that interviewing Trump is essential to completing this portion of his probe, per Washington Post.
Most would probably agree that we’ll gladly allow Trump’s team to take this imaginary win if it means Robert Mueller finally gets to interview Donald Trump.