Here’s The Part Adam Schiff Scares The Bejesus Out Of Trump
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) made it clear that President Trump’s refusal to rule out a pardon for his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, adds to evidence that the president is obstructing justice.
“The president continues to dangle a pardon for Paul Manafort, which only adds to growing body of evidence that the president is engaged in obstructing justice,” Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
In an effort to keep witnesses from flipping on him, Trump said last week that he would not “take pardoning Manafort off the table.”
Manafort pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after he was convicted on bank and tax fraud charges in order to avoid a second, separate trial. However, prosecutors last week accused Manafort of violating his plea agreement by lying to investigators.
Schiff added that Mueller will have to “throw the book” at Manafort and Jerome Corsi, a Stone associate who publicly declared last week that he would reject a plea deal from the special counsel and instead file a criminal complaint in the case. Corsi has come under scrutiny for his ties to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“You cannot have people who are essentially in discussions with you flaunt that process, deceive you, if you want to telegraph to other witnesses that you darn well better be true when you say you want to cooperate with us,” Schiff said.
Mueller has thus far obtained guilty pleas from former Trump associates Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen and George Papadopoulos for lying to investigators or Congress.
Watch the video below:
Rep. Adam Schiff on charge that Paul Manafort lied in testimony to the special counsel: "The president continues to dangle a pardon for Paul Manafort, which only adds to the growing body of evidence that the president is engaged in obstructing justice." https://t.co/04Cn5K0bxP pic.twitter.com/Ho5UGFhTCu
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