During an appearance on ABC, far-left Democratic Representative Adam Schiff announced that special counsel Robert Mueller has a duty to testify before congress.
“I was disappointed to see such a profound reluctance to testify," Schiff said while referring to Mueller's statement last Wednesday. "I understand that. I think he has one last service to perform. It’s not enough merely to speak for 10 minutes and say, ‘I’m not going to answer questions for Congress and the American people.’ There are a great many things that are not in the report.”
“We want to find out what happened to those counterintelligence findings that were sent back to headquarters," he continued. "And in terms of if the president is vulnerable of influence from Russia. Why the president can’t criticize Putin or take adequate steps to protect our elections. The American people have every need to have answered here. I hope Bob Mueller will answer, as painful as it may be, he has a final duty here to perform. Like any other witness and it’s my hope he’ll do so and it’s my hope that he’ll do so voluntary.”
“If he doesn’t, subpoena?” ABC host Stephanopoulos questioned.
“That would be my recommendation," Schiff responded. "That’s decision we’ll have to make collectively and our leadership when there’s use of compulsion, because it may lead to litigation. That’s not how this process for Bob Mueller should end. He’s a dedicated public servant.”
Schiff's comments come in response to the somewhat surprise statement that Mueller made to the press last Wednesday where he clearly stated that he would not testify to Congress and that his report was his "testimony."
Mueller said that charging President Trump with a crime was "not an option" him or his team would consider during the investigation. He also stated that he does not question Attorney General Bill Barr's "good faith" in relating to the fact that he made his report "largely public."
“Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider,” Mueller said during the press conference. “It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge. So that was Justice Department policy. Those were the principles under which we operated."
“And from them, we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime,” he continued. “That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president.”
“We appreciate that the attorney general made the report largely public, and we do not question the attorney general’s good faith in that decision,” he also noted.
President Trump made sure to chime in after Mueller's announcements were made to the public. “Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you," the President said in a tweet.
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