Rep. Adam Schiff Tries to Bury Trump on CNN

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Sheila Fitzgerald /

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) pulled out his bag of tricks on Sunday while speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He dangled the idea that former President Donald Trump “violated multiple criminal laws,” before the public without a whole lot of information to back it up.

Anchor Jake Tapper said, “You’re a former federal prosecutor before you became a member of Congress. Do you think the evidence is there that Donald Trump committed any of the crimes I just mentioned and that the cases are prosecutable, that you could get a conviction?”

Schiff responded, “I think that the evidence is there that Donald Trump committed criminal offenses in connection with his efforts to overturn the election. Viewing it as a former prosecutor, I think there’s sufficient evidence to charge the president.”

Schiff went even further saying that Trump was somebody who in a variety of ways tried to pressure state officials to find votes that Schiff said did not exist. He said that Trump was someone who attempted to interfere with a joint session, and the former president incited a mob to attack the Capitol.

Schiff declared, “If that’s not criminal, then I don’t know what is.”

Tapper then asked Schiff if he was going to vote yes on three counts, referring to insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

Schiff was unwilling to confirm exactly what referrals the committee was going to make. He said that they will have to vote for the referrals as well as approve the overall report. He said that the process the committee took looked meticulously at the evidence and compared it with the actual statutes.

And Schiff also dangled this out there for the public, he said they wouldn’t be voting to refer everyone they think may have evidence against them of particular crimes because they want to only focus on those they believe have the strongest evidence against them.

Tapper wanted things with Schiff clear, he asked again, “Do you think he committed insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the federal government?”

And Schiff responded, “I will say I think the president has violated multiple criminal laws. And I think he has to be treated like any other American who breaks the law, and that is he should be prosecuted.”

Later in the interview, Schiff presented an interesting twist to what he thinks might happen. He said that former President Trump’s political relevance may have impacted the Justice Department’s probes involving Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, his potential mishandling of classified documents, and his involvement in the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Schiff said that he worries that it may take until he is no longer politically relevant for justice to be served. He said that he found it hard to believe that almost two years from the events on January 6, and with the evidence that has already been found, the Justice Department hasn’t moved more quickly.

The final significant thing that Schiff described is how the committee is handling Republican members of Congress who defied the committee’s subpoenas. He said that the committee has considered what is the appropriate remedy for members of Congress who ignored congressional subpoenas and refused to give testimony regarding evidence pertinent to the investigation.

Schiff did not provide specific details as to what the committee will vote on, but he said the committee has weighed various options including censures and referrals to the House Ethics Committee.

Certainly, all eyes will be on their final report as they rush to end this investigation before the GOP takes back the House at the beginning of January.