Yet if the report is true it would mean that Trump may not be able to avoid answering an uncomfortable question during Mueller’s interview that could tie his hands: Did you order my firing?

Either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer could be a crime, according to some experts.

“Either answer is a crime. Yes locks in obstruction case. No is lying to the FBI. That’s a real trap,” wrote Ken Gude‏, a senior fellow for National Security who studies law and counter-terrorism at the nonpartisan Center for American Progress think tank, on Twitter.