Schiff says Trump’s written responses to Mueller are not adequate

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called on President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE to sit down for an in-person interview with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE and his team, saying that the president's written statements to the special counsel's office were insufficient.

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Schiff, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said Mueller needed the opportunity to ask follow-up questions based on the president's responses.

“There really needs to be a live interview with the president because you need to be able to ask follow-up questions in real time," Schiff told CNN on Wednesday.

Schiff also said the committee, under new Democratic leadership next year, would pursue phone records related to the setup of June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign associates and a Russian lawyer who had promised dirt on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"In terms of whether [the president] was aware of the meeting at Trump Tower, there is important, relevant information that we were not allowed to get [previously]," Schiff told CNN.

"One of the key documents, for example, that we are going to pursue are the phone records that would show who was on that call [Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpRittenhouse to speak at Turning Point USA event White House calls Jan. 6 text revelations 'disappointing' Court orders release of some redacted passages of Mueller report MORE] had sandwiched between those calls to set up the meeting at Trump Tower," he added.

Schiff has promised that the committee, which he is expected to lead, will take greater action under Democratic leadership to pursue investigations Democrats demanded unsuccessfully under the GOP-led House. 

He has also threatened to press acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, the president's replacement for former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE, on possible ties to the White House or Mueller's Russia investigation.

"If he has any involvement whatsoever in this Russia probe, we are going to find out whether he made commitments to the president about the probe, whether he is serving as a back channel to the president or his lawyers about the probe, whether he's doing anything to interfere with the probe," Schiff said earlier this month in an interview.

"Mr. Whitaker needs to understand that he will be called to answer."