This had to hurt. During Tuesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders burned Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to a crisp with a simple one-line answer.
UK Daily Mail White House correspondent Francesca Chambers asked Sanders if the administration is concerned about leaked questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask President Trump.
Sanders suggested reporters ask the president’s outside legal representation on matters related to that investigation, which prompted Chambers to ask specifically about Schiff.
“Is the White House concerned, as Congressman Adam Schiff has said, that so many of the questions point to obstruction of justice?” she asked.
Sanders responded: “We here at the White House try never to be concerned with anything dealing with Adam Schiff.”
Here’s video of the short exchange, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon:
Sanders’ answer triggered Schiff, who took to Twitter and called on the president to take questions from Mueller.
“If you’re not concerned, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, why won’t the President agree to an interview with Bob Mueller? His protestations of ‘no collusion, no obstruction’ would be more convincing if he wasn’t trying to dodge answering questions under oath,” he said.
If you’re not concerned, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, why won’t the President agree to an interview with Bob Mueller? His protestations of “no collusion, no obstruction” would be more convincing if he wasn’t trying to dodge answering questions under oath. https://t.co/Hl87a3Fp8b
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 1, 2018
According to Fox News:
One question asks what discussions Trump may have had regarding “any meeting with Mr. Putin,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Another question asks what the president may have known about a possible attempt by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to set up a back channel with Russia before Trump’s inauguration.
Additional questions center on Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his discussions on sanctions against Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. Flynn is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigators.
“What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?” reads one question. Another asks if there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn “about seeking immunity or possible pardon.”
The questions, of course, are all designed to entrap Trump, as Rush Limbaugh explained.
Whatever Mueller thinks now, there’s nothing Trump could do to change his mind, because this whole process is about damaging Trump. And anything Trump might say, any information Trump might have that would change Mueller’s mind, Mueller isn’t gonna hear. He’s not gonna react to it. It’s not the purpose of a sit-down. Mueller doesn’t want to talk to Trump to learn anything. Mueller doesn’t want to talk to Trump to get Trump’s side of things. Mueller doesn’t want to talk to Trump to actually find out what Trump’s thinking.
“All of this is nothing more than Mueller using his power as special counsel and lawyer to use Trump’s own participation in getting Trump to commit a crime, to admit to one or to commit one while he’s talking to Mueller. That’s all this is,” he added.
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