House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that the DOJ could reopen the felony hush-money case against Trump and indict him after he leaves office.
Adam Schiff says Trump could be indicted when he leaves office
Transcript of Rep. Schiff on CBS’s Face The Nation:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Last year on this program, you said there was a very real prospect that on the day President Trump leaves office, that he would be indicted. The Justice Department, you said, would do that. This week the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York concluded its investigation into campaign finance and there were no charges there related to him. Does this prove your predictions wrong that this case is closed?
REP. SCHIFF: No, not at all. I mean, it’s been clear, you know, from Bob Mueller that he felt and the Justice Department feels bound by this Office of Legal Counsel opinion that you can’t indict a sitting president. But he is a- essentially unindicted co-conspirator. He’s been identified as an Individual One, as the person who directed Michael Cohen to commit this fraudulent campaign scheme. And I assume that all this means, in terms of the Southern District of New York, is that the case will be reopened when he leaves office, providing the statute of limitations has not run, and the Justice Department will have to weigh whether to indict the former president. From my point of view, if the evidence supports that, he should be indicted. And it’s certainly the view of the Justice Department’s reflected in that indictment that Donald Trump was the one who coordinated and directed that illegal scheme. And why should Michael Cohen to go to jail, but the guy who did the direction and the coordination himself evade justice? He is not above the law. He may have a temporary reprieve while he occupies that office. But I think the Justice Department will have to seriously consider reopening the case if that’s what it requires and indicting him when he leaves office.
Barr may have closed the hush-money case, but the DOJ can reopen it
If Trump is defeated in 2020, there will be nothing stopping the next Democratic administration from reopening the case against “Individual One.” Rep. Schiff was correct. Trump is abusing the office of the presidency to cover up his crimes, but presidents and their powers are temporary. Trump isn’t out of the woods yet. In fact, there will be a great deal of pressure on the next Democratic president to let prosecutions of Trump go forward.
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