Adam Schiff: 'Very Real Prospect' Donald Trump Faces 'Jailtime'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 10, 2018,
Dec 10, 2018, 2:50
Schiff referenced a court filing by the US attorney for the Southern District of NY on Friday which recommended a "substantial" prison sentence for Mr. Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, who prosecutors said violated campaign finance law "in coordination with and at the direction" of the president.
In a Fox News op-ed column, National Review writer Andrew McCarthy suggested that Michael Cohen's admission that he made payments to two former Trump mistresses was a stepping stone to the indictment of the president.
Christie - who ran for president unsuccessfully in 2016, endorsed Trump and later briefly served as the head of the Trump transition team - said that the new filing sounds "very definitive", and that the US attorney investigating Cohen's campaign finance crimes must have solid corroboration, given Cohen's lack of credibility.
Whether a president can be prosecuted while in office remains a matter of legal dispute.
Cohen has pleaded guilty to several counts of lying to Congress, financial fraud, tax evasion, and campaign-finance fraud.
Cohen, had said that as the election neared, Mr. Trump directed payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Mr. Trump.
Trump has denied he had sex with the women as well as denying any payoff.
Prosecutors noted Cohen had implicated the president in the payments.
The Cohen memo prosecutors released on Saturday (NZT) lists three people at an August 2014 meeting: Cohen, "Individual-1" and "Chairman-1".
The Southern District case involving Cohen stems from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump obstructed justice.
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives back at the White House on December 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has also said that a president can not be indicted.
The future chair of the House's judiciary committee accused the Republican Congress of attempting to "shield the president". The November 2015 outreach - which Mueller says Cohen did not pursue - appears to be the earliest known effort by Russian Federation to build ties with the Trump campaign.
But Mr Murphy then emphasized the seriousness of the allegations levelled Friday by Mr Mueller and separately by federal prosecutors in NY.
They said Manafort told "multiple discernible lies", including about his communications with a political consultant will alleged ties to Russian intelligence, and about interactions with Trump administration officials even after Manafort was first indicted in late 2017.
Republican Senator Rand Paul warned against over-criminalizing campaign finance violations, telling NBC's Meet the Press that errors in disclosures should be punished with fines, not jail.
Mr Cohen, who will be sentenced on Tuesday, has been recommended to receive a "substantial" prison sentence.
Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and frequent defender of Trump, said Mueller appears poised to issue a report that will be highly critical of the president, though Dershowitz believes it will deal "more with political sin than a federal crime". So, I think it'll be very interesting to see how this plays out, ' he added.
"I think that was thoroughly investigated by the inspector general", said Nadler, adding that the IG concluded that the partisan opinions of key actors did not "in any way influence the actions of the department".