MSNBC host Joy Reid and her guest, former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman, let their imaginations run wild in a discussion Saturday morning, as they painted a picture to viewers of President Trump being arrested and refusing to come out of the White House.
The Free Beacon reported on the liberal news broadcast Monday:
Reid focused on the idea of Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaing Trump and ordering him to be interviewed as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Saying that Trump’s behavior is unconventional, Reid asked how he would be made to comply if Mueller were to issue a subpoena and then see Trump defy it.
“Who would force him to comply with the subpoena ordering him to do an interview with Robert Mueller?” Reid asked.
“It would be a federal district court judge,” Akerman said.
“How would they enforce it?” she asked.
“At that point, they would make a motion to hold Donald Trump in contempt,” Akerman replied.
He went on to say the federal marshals could put Trump in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury.
“Normally, a person who refuses to testify before a grand jury winds up being incarcerated for the time period of the grand jury, which can be up to 18 months,” Akerman added. “So, one way to enforce it is to have Donald Trump taken by the federal marshals and put in federal prison until he testifies.”
The two went back and forth imaging the scene and every possible thing that could go wrong as they anticipated the arrest of the President of the United States.
“What if he refuses to open the White House door?” Reid asked. “What if he fires any Secret Service agent who would allow the federal marshals in? What if Donald Trump simply decides, ‘I don’t have to follow the law? I refuse to be held under the law. No marshal can get into this White House, and any Secret Service agent that defies me is fired.'”
“Well, at some point he’s going to have to come out of the White House. At some point he’s going to have to leave. And the U.S. Marshals will be directed to take him into custody, bring him before the federal district court judge,” Akerman claimed, going on to imagine a situation where Trump would be sent directly to jail.
Watch the exchange below:
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