'This Is Not A Step That They Would Have Taken Lightly': MSNBC Guest Says Rosenstein Knew of Potential Subpoena of Trump
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must have known ahead of time about special counsel Robert Mueller's warning to President Donald Trump's legal team that he may end up subpoenaing the president if he refuses to be interviewed, according to law professor Joyce Vance.
"Prosecutors never threaten to take an action they can't take," Vance said, referring to Mueller's warning, which was first reported by the Washington Post.
"Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who's in charge and who oversees this investigation, was also on board and would have had to authorize the use of a subpoena against the president of the United States," she said Tuesday night to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "And that tells you that this evidence has been carefully reviewed. This is not a step that they would have taken lightly. They would have considered whether the evidence was available from other sources, whether it was critical to the investigation."
She added: "For this is to even come up in this kind of a tense setting, the issue would have been fully vetted inside the department."
Watch the clip below.
If Mueller raised the issue of issuing a subpoena to Donald Trump, he would have already talked about doing so with Rod Rosenstein. -@JoyceWhiteVance— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 2, 2018
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