Why President Trump Could Be Facing Jail Time After Leaving Office
Adam Schiff told Face The Nation this week that he believes there is a possibility that President Trump will face jail time.
"There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
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.@AdamSchiff on the Russia Investigation: My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the justice department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time. pic.twitter.com/3kfwumFkh7
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 9, 2018
Adam Schiff, who is expected to take over the House Intelligence Committee in January once the newly elected Democrats take their seats in the House of Representatives, believes that the possibility of facing jail time centers around payments made to two alleged mistresses of the President.
As the Daily Wire reported,
Although the allegations released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York on Friday are serious, it's not clear that they carry jail time — or much of a punishment at all. The document, which never mentions the president by name (but appears to refer to Trump as "Individual-1"), says that Cohen "acted in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump, who wanted two alleged former flings, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, paid to keep quiet about their affairs with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The claims, if true, appear to be campaign finance violations.
The claims, which have not yet escalated into official charges, are also separate from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign illegally coordinated with Russian officials to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. So far, it does not appear there is any evidence connecting the president to any overt coordination effort.
Schiff also added,
"We have been discussing the issue of pardons the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people," Schiff said. "The bigger pardon question may come down the road, as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump."
“I think the prosecutors in New York make a powerful case against that idea," he added. "All the arguments they make against Michael Cohen ... that argument was equally made with respect to Individual-1, the president of the United States.”
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