Mueller made a ‘mistake’ not subpoenaing Donald Trump: Top Democrat

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Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee, feels that Robert Mueller should get President Trump in front of the grand jury to answer questions about his potential involvement in Russian interference into the 2016 election.

"If the Justice Department either attempts to hide the Mueller report or the underlying evidence, then requiring Mueller to testify may very well be necessary", Schiff said. "After all, he has said, 'It's not like I'm talking before a magistrate.' Well, maybe he should talk before a magistrate". But 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. "I think the Constitution is worth it, and I don't place my word in a person who happens to be causing harm to society", Representative Al Green, a Texas Democrat, said, using the speaker's characterization to counter her position.

Trump's lawyers have suggested that the president won't be sitting down with Mueller to answer questions beyond written responses to some queries that were submitted in November.

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'If the Justice Department the position that you can not indict a sitting president, when the president is no longer sitting then I think it has to consider whether it should hold a former president to a different standard than it holds everyone else, ' Schiff said - making sure to state that the decision should be in the hands of career prosecutors based on the evidence they gather.

Schiff also said Mueller and his investigators are working on time constraints to finish up their probe and Attorney General William Barr who "would likely oppose" a subpoena of Trump. The probe isn't included in the White House or Justice Department's general budget because the Special Counsel's Office is financed by the U.S. Treasury under special regulations issued by the Justice Department. "And more than that, that we have access in Congress to the underlying evidence".

The chairman of the House intelligence committee pointed to the case of Michael Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer, in which the government described how "Individual 1" directed and coordinated a campaign fraud scheme. "The public can evaluate his credibility themselves".

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