Trump Jr. In Legal Peril After Schiff Aims His Cannons At Perjury During Congress’ Russia Probe
On Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that he is now working with special counsel Robert Mueller to determine whether any witnesses who have testified before his panel have committed perjury.
Mueller and the House Intelligence Committee have conducted separate investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 president election.
Schiff said one of his first acts as chairman would be to share the transcripts of relevant congressional testimony with the special counsel, “including for the bringing of perjury charges, if necessary, against any of the witnesses, but also to see the evidence that they contain.”
“I don’t want to go into enumerating particularly who I have concerns about, but I do have concerns about certainly multiple witnesses,” Schiff told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We believe some of these witnesses were untruthful before our committee,” Schiff said.
The move is particularly troublesome for Donald Trump Jr. who may face legal peril after he made statements to Congress that have since been contradicted by public reports.
Schiff’s willingness to prosecute should make the president’s son and other aides who testified worried.
“Certain people might have felt like they had some kind of immunity when Republicans were in control of the committee, with lawmakers intervening to tell witnesses they don’t have to answer certain questions or appear at all,” Schiff said.
He added: “There’s no reason to protect these witnesses. There’s every reason to validate Congress’ interest in not having people come before it and lie.”
Meanwhile, in the upper Chamber, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said that panel had already made several criminal referrals – effectively requests for criminal investigations – to Mueller.