Rep. Schiff Tells Chuck Todd It’s a Mistake Not to Put Trump Under Oath: ‘Maybe he SHOULD Talk Before a Magistrate’
Rep. Adam Schiff appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press again on Sunday, to talk once more about the Robert Mueller investigation, Michael Cohen‘s testimony and the rest of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Anchor Chuck Todd in the clip above said to Schiff that it looks as if Mueller might complete his investigation and issue his report without ever issuing a subpoena for the president. After noting that Bill Clinton went before the Ken Starr jury, he asked the chair of the House intelligence committee if that was a mistake.
“Yes, I think it is a mistake,” said Schiff. “I’ve said all along that I don’t think Bob Mueller should rely on written answers. When you get written answers from a witness, it’s really the lawyers’ answers as much as the client’s answer. And here you need to be able to ask follow-up questions in real-time.”
Schiff listed what he views as constraints on Mueller, such as a perceived time crunch hostility from the administration and the DoJ, but said it is still a mistake not to put President Trump under oath.
“I do think ultimately it’s a mistake, because probably the best way to get the truth would be to put the president under oath,” he said. “As he’s made plain in the past, he feels it’s fine to lie to the public.”
“After all, he has said, ‘it’s not like I’m talking before a magistrate,'” Schiff said of Trump. “Well, maybe he should talk before a magistrate.”
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