It would be “a mistake.” That is what House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in reference to Special Counsel Robert Mueller on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if Trump doesn’t testify before Mueller.
“And 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.”
“I also think that the special counsel feels some time pressure to conclude his work,” Schiff said. “And knowing that the White House would drag out a fight over the subpoena, that may be an issue as well.”
“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,” Schiff continued. “Because as he’s made plain in the past, he feels it’s perfectly fine to lie to the public. After all, he has said, ‘It’s not like I’m talking before a magistrate.’ Well, maybe he should talk before a magistrate.”
I agree with Schiff because if we learned anything about the Paula Jones’ case and President Bill Clinton is that he was forced to testify. However, that was a civil matter unlike this which is a criminal matter.
The reality is Trump would fight this all the way up to the Supreme Court, hence why I believe everyone is waiting until 2020 to see if President Trump wins the election.
As I have stated before, Trump has no choice but to run because he needs the legal protection of the Executive Branch. If Trump doesn’t win in 2020, you will see indictments at the federal level and the state level with New York.
If Trump wins, then you will see a legal battle that will end up before the Supreme Court because of the Justice Department’s policy that a sitting President cannot be indicted.
However, that is a policy, not a law which will be challenged since at that point, President Trump is looking to run out the clock with the statute of limitations.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.