Special Counsel Robert Mueller is making a big mistake when it comes to investigating President Trump and alleged collusion with Russia, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
The California Democrat told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Mueller should get Trump under oath and should not accept written answers. He should subpoena the president, Schiff contended.
“Yes, I think it is a mistake, and I’ve said it all along that I don’t think Bob Mueller should rely on written answers,” Schiff said, per the Washington Examiner. “When you get written answers from a witness it’s really the lawyer’s answers as much as the client’s answer.”
From the Washington Examiner:
Mueller hasn’t done so yet, and reports indicate that his efforts are winding down and a final report may soon be incoming to the Justice Department.
Trump submitted written answers to questions posed by Mueller’s team in November. Some of those answers were leaked to CNN: Trump denied having contact with WikiLeaks and knowledge of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between members of his team and a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising dirt on his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton. Trump could face criminal charges if his answers proved false.
Schiff said he thinks during investigations of this nature, the prosecutor should be able to ask follow questions in real time. He said that he thinks Mueller feels some “time pressure” to conclude the investigation but said “the best way to get the truth would be to put the president under oath.”
Schiff previously said he would continue investigating Trump even if Mueller finds no illegal or nefarious activities.
“Schiff has adamantly stressed that his panel will continue its work unimpeded regardless of what Mueller’s report says,” the Washington Examiner reports. “He also declared in late February that if Mueller’s full report on the investigation is not released to the public after it is completed, his panel would bring him in to testify in Congress.”
During his interview on “Meet the Press,” Schiff also claimed the former head of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince, lied while under oath when asked about an August 3, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.
From the Hill:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Erik Prince did not disclose during 2017 testimony to the panel that he attended a 2016 Trump Tower meeting to discuss Iran.
Prince said during an interview that aired last Friday on Al Jazeera’s “Head to Head” that he was present at an Aug. 3, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower to “talk about Iran policy.” He added that he disclosed the meeting during November 2017 testimony before the Intelligence Committee, even though it does not appear in a transcript of his testimony.
WATCH: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says Erik Prince is misleading in recent interview about "so-called second Trump Tower" meeting. #MTP #IfItsSunday@RepAdamSchiff: "We'll he's certainly not telling the truth…he did not disclose that meeting to our committee." pic.twitter.com/ODiAIb1I2b
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) March 10, 2019