Frequent Trump critic also questions Trump’s financial dealings with Moscow, apart from election interference investigation
Published : Monday, December 10, 2018 | 5:36 AM
One of Pasadena’s two Congressional representatives said Sunday that President Donald Trump could face “jail time” upon leaving office.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-28), who represents portions of West Pasadena as well as La Canada-Flintridge, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “there is a very real prospect, that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him.”
Added Schiff, “He may be the first president in quite some time to face the very real prospect of jail time.”
Schiff, who has been a harsh and frequent critic of Trump and his administration, said on the nationally televised news show, “We have been discussing the issue of pardons that the president may offer, or is dangling in front of people. The bigger question may come down the road, as the next president needs to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump.”
Schiff’s comments come in the wake of last week’s additional admissions by the president’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen.
Federal prosecutors have alleged that with Cohen’s actions to protect President Trump from bad publicity regarding two affairs, he “acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election.”
Last week Cohen told Federal prosecutors that he had lied about the length of time that the Trump Organization had been negotiating with reps in Moscow over the construction of a Trump Tower complex.
Trump was named as “individual #1,” in the filings, as someone who “directed” Cohen.
As Schiff noted, “[Trump and Cohen] were having private conversations on a project that could make [Trump] tens to hundreds of millions of dollars, while [he] was saying that sanctions against Russia should go away. That’s pretty breathtaking.”
Trump and Schiff recently engaged in a Twitter skirmish when the President posted a tweet with the Congressman’s name apparently misspelled: “So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!”
Schiff shot back immediately, responding, “ Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one. Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller’s questions, or did you write this one yourself?”
The Congressman, who would likely lead the House Intelligence Committee in January, has reportedly promised to follow Mueller in investigating possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Schiff also told CNN’s Dana Bash recently that he was suspicious of Russia’s financial dealings with Trump, apart from any election interference.
“I don’t think Congress has looked into this at all,” he said on November 25, “and I don’t know that Bob Mueller has, whether the Russians have been laundering money through the president’s businesses, and this is the financial hold that the Russians may have.”
As Schiff explained, “It would certainly explain the otherwise bewildering conduct of the president in Helsinki, many of the president’s comments, pro-Putin comments. It would explain why his sons have said at various times they don’t need money from U.S. banks, they get all the money they need from Russia, or a disproportionate [amount] of their assets come from Russia.”
Schiff continued, asking, “Is this the hidden hand of American financial policy, a Russian financial hand? We do need to get an answer to that and be able to tell the American people that, yes, its true, or no, it’s not. The American people deserve to know that the president has their interests in mind, not his pecuniary interests.”