Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined with Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in subpoenaing former special counsel Robert Mueller. But according to Schiff, this wasn’t exactly an agreement the committees came to with Mueller or the special counsel’s investigators.
“We consistently communicated our committees’ intentions to issue these subpoenas if necessary and we now understand it is necessary to do so. Should we see this as a friendly subpoena that Robert Mueller believed had to be issued before he could accept an invitation to testify?” asked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
“I don’t think the special counsel’s office would characterize it as a friendly subpoena,” Schiff admitted. “He did not want to testify. He made that very clear. Nonetheless, they will respect the subpoena. He will appear. He’ll be testifying before our committee in open session. Each of our members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the special counsel. And the American people get a chance to hear directly from him and have their questions answered. So I think it’s a good result.”
Maddow went on to ask if the committee would be willing to call additional investigators and if those requests would be voluntary.
“I don’t think either he or he staff are eager to come before the Congress,” Schiff said. “I think they are doing so because they’re going to honor the subpoena that we’ve issued. In terms of whether there is a separately required subpoena, I can’t comment on that in terms of his staff, but, you know, clearly this is something I think from his perspective as a prosecutor, he’s reluctant to come, as a prosecutor ordinarily would be.”
Schiff cited the Mueller report saying that he didn’t make a traditional prosecutorial judgment in this case and it’s one of the reasons this hearing is important.
“We have taken it up in our referral and it’s important we have an opportunity to flesh out what the Russians did, how they did it, what the roles of the Trump campaign personnel campaign were, where are the findings, all of these questions and a great many more the American people should have the opportunity to pose through their representatives to Mueller himself,” Schiff went on. “We never felt it was sufficient to rely simply on a written report or a ten-minute statement without the ability to follow up with questions.”
Watch his full comments below:
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."