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

Adam Schiff says there is 'no shortage of evidence' to indict Trump AFTER he leaves office

Adam Schiff says there is 'no shortage of evidence' to indict Trump AFTER he leaves office

'It's very hard to make the argument that the person who was directed and was coordinated should go to jail, but the person who did the directing and did the coordinating should not.

The evidence therefore already in place argues "very strongly in favor of indicting the president when he is out of office", he said.

"It's our job to protect the rule of law", he said. And knowing that the White House would drag out a fight over the subpoena, that may be an issue as well.

Current Justice Department orthodoxy is that a sitting president can not be indicted, but Schiff believes this needs to be reevaluated. "After all, he has said, 'It's not like I'm talking before a magistrate.' Well, maybe he should talk before a magistrate".

"I see little to be gained by putting the country through that kind of wrenching experience as I've often remarked in the past", he told reporters. "In its absence, impeachment becomes a partisan exercise in failure".

The written answers didn't provide clarity on questions surrounding possible obstruction of justice into the Russian Federation investigation and Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, later said his legal team wouldn't provide additional answers.

The congressman later said if neither Mueller nor Congress finds "sufficient evidence", they will end the conversation about impeachment.

Sources say President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen met with Rep. Adam Schiff's team for more than 10 hours before his testimony on Capitol Hill; reaction from Rep. Jim Jordan, Republican member of the House Oversight Committee.

"That could take a number of forms, from phone records, to social media records, to other documentary evidence".

Host Chuck Todd, on Sunday's Meet The Press, asked Schiff if Mueller should subpoena the president, noting that President Clinton did go before Ken Starr's grand jury, asking if not doing so would be a mistake.

The Russia investigation has cost about $25 million in total from the time Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to the end of September 2018, according to the most recently available spending figures.

"If there's insufficient evidence in the Mueller report and we're not able to produce sufficient evidence in our own investigation, that ends the inquiry", Schiff stated.

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