Rep. Adam Schiff: ‘It’s a mistake’ for Mueller not to subpoena Trump

Rep. Adam Schiff: ‘It’s a mistake’ for Mueller not to subpoena Trump”

Trump is returning from a trip to Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that it would be a "mistake" for special counsel Robert Mueller not to get in-person testimony from President Donald Trump as part of his Russian Federation probe.

Neither Democrat has totally shut the door on impeachment, however, if proof of high crimes and misdemeanors becomes so overwhelming that Republicans are compelled to join Democrats in removing Trump from power.

'Given the documentary evidence, the cancelled checks, given the audio tapes, given the other witnesses who are cooperating with the special counsel, it certainly appears there's no shortage of evidence, ' said Schiff.

As for why Mueller has not yet - and may never - issued a subpoena seeking Trump's information, Schiff offered a couple of theories. Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in NY, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime. NY prosecutors also are looking into Trump's inaugural fund.

Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was asked about the possibility of Mueller concluding his investigation before bringing the president before a grand jury in light of conflicting comments from Trump and his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

Congressional investigations also are swirling around the president.

Schiff, D-Calif., told NBC News' Meet the Press that he believes a face-to-face interview with Trump would be the most effective method to get information regarding any potential collusion with Russian Federation by Trump or his campaign during the election or possible obstruction of justice into the probe.

There is evidence that some people in Trump's orbit were discussing a possible email dump from WikiLeaks before it occurred. That is another unresolved question that Mueller is pursuing. Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and has labelled Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt".

'So I think that militates very strongly in favor of indicting the president when he is out of office if the southern District of NY has the evidence to prove the case against Individual 1 [who] Michael Cohen identified as the president. It's unclear. Then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in January that the probe is "close to being completed", the first official sign that Mueller's investigation may be wrapping up.

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