Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt explained why he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller will — or has — subpoenaed President Donald Trump during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace.
At question was whether the special prosecutor would acquiesce to the commander-in-chief refusing to answer the special counsel’s questions regarding obstruction of justice while in office.
“Do you think Mueller could live with getting partial answers on collusion and zero responses to the obstruction of justice inquiry — that he spent so much time bringing witnesses in and asking about?” Wallace asked.
“I find it hard to believe this investigation on obstruction, which focuses on the president’s intent — did he have criminal intent — that Mueller will close up shop without doing everything he can to try and find out from the president why he took the measures that he did,” Schmidt replied.
“And to do that, it seems like he would need to get a subpoena to compel the president to answer those questions,” he continued. “I can’t imagine Mueller would just close down the investigation without pursuing that.”