Senior prosecutor for Robert Mueller's team has a few ideas for what he'd do for the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
Speaking to, Andrew Weissmann, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace reported that House impeachment managers have invited Trump to testify in front of the Senate. Weissmann dismissed it saying that if they're serious they need to formally issue a subpoena. If Trump refuses to comply with the subpoena then Congress can hold him in contempt. The alternative, he said, is that Trump would stand before the Senate and says that he pleads the Fifth Amendment. Doing so, however, would prove to the Senate that Trump was culpable.
"I think it's a smart strategy to call the president because the Republicans will want to say the president did not incite the riot," Weissmann explained. "The president doesn't believe there was election fraud. If you had to hear from the person who you're talking about, call him and ask him the questions. I would ask, 'If you didn't intend there to be a riot, then why, when you saw it on TV, did you not immediately call in the National Guard? Why did you not immediately go on television and say please stop, I'm calling on every one of my supporters to not use violence and to leave the Capitol.' Those are hard questions for Donald Trump to have to answer."
He explained that when it comes to the issue of election fraud, it's even more difficult for Trump because he put pressure on so many people. In the case of the Georgia officials, it's on tape.
"So, you would want to ask the president, 'Tell me and the American public right now what is your concrete evidence, because no judge who the Republicans went to found any fraud whatsoever, whether Republican-appointed judges or Democratic-appointed judges, there was no evidence of it,'" Weissmann continued. "So, I think calling Donald Trump makes sense, but I don't think a letter is going to do the trick."
Wallace also noted that getting Trump to swear to tell the truth and asking him questions like "who won the election" would put Trump in a difficult position where he'd either have to perjure himself or tell the truth that he didn't win.
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