Rep. Schiff: Trump May Be Indicted on Day He Leaves Office, Faces Jail Time

Rep. Adam Schiff warned President Trump that an indictment could be waiting for him on the day he leaves the White House and that he faces a very “real prospect of jail time.”

The California congressman, who likely will be tasked to lead the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats take over next month, outlined multiple areas that could be investigated in regards to President Trump.

“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him,” Schiff told “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

He went on to imply the President could “be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” and was so confident of that prospect that “the next president (will have) to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump.”

Schiff emboldened by Cohen filing

Schiff made his comment following last week’s court filing in which a substantial prison sentence was recommended for Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, by special counsel Robert Mueller.

He and the Democrats have been emboldened by the prospect that Cohen tried to break campaign finance laws at the direction of Trump.

Problem being, a similar incident has already taken place on the matter, in which former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards successfully had his case abandoned when he argued that the use of campaign funds to hide an extramarital affair were actually just gifts given to keep the scandal quiet, and would have been given no matter his political standing.

The precedent has been set, and many prosecutors noted at the time that Edwards’ hush money payments while seedy, were not criminal, and that bringing an indictment in the first place was an overreach.

Aside from the Cohen mess, Schiff believes the committee could also investigate the President on his ‘authoritarian tendencies,’ his handling of Saudi Arabia in light of the Khashoggi killing, and his dealings with China and North Korea.

Schiff’s assertion is unfounded propaganda

Schiff’s claims of jail time for the President, while likely making for a wide-eyed dream come true for the Democrat, have little to no basis in reality.

There are two major points to take away from these comments.

One, Schiff doesn’t site Russian ‘collusion’ when he lists his reasons for why Trump may one day be indicted. It’s practically a tacit admission that the special counsel, two years into an investigation, still has no proof of any coordination between the campaign and the Kremlin.

They’ve reduced the case from alleged treason by colluding with a foreign government to relatively minor campaign finance violations that have no chance of leading to jail time. Sad!

Second point – Schiff can’t spearhead an investigation on colluding with a foreign government without looking into his own actions, in which he, himself, tried to collude with a foreign government to take down President Trump.

Schiff was duped by a pair of Russian comedians who promised naked photos of Trump that had been seen by Vladimir Putin. No, we’re not even vaguely kidding.

While the comedians described their prank as “completely absurd,” Schiff – despite later protests that he knew it was bogus – fell hook, line, and sinker, even going so far as to arrange for staff to collect “classified” material for the FBI.

The scandal even prompted one lawmaker to demand Schiff step down from any handling of the investigation of Trump.

“(Schiff) has gone from having an oversight responsibility to an actual principal in this investigation for engaging with ‘Ukrainians,'” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) claimed.

Now he’ll be heading the House Oversight Committee? After trying to work with a foreign government to treasonously take down the President?

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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