Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said that there is evidence that Trump and his business are compromised by Russia.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Of course it was Michael Cohen who pled guilty this week to false statements to Congress, that (ph) admission he lied about working on the Trump Tower in Moscow to protect President Trump.
What does that tell you, what does that agreement and what you’ve learned about it tell you about Mueller’s core areas of focus, collusion with Russia, possible obstruction of justice by President Trump?
SCHIFF: Well it tell me a couple things, it tells me that he wanted to lock in Michael Cohen. There was no reason for that plea, for that additional count. It’s not going to materially affect his sentence.
But it does have the benefit of making sure that nothing changes down the road, that there’s no pardon that causes this witness to go south. I think the likelihood of that was very remote, but nonetheless as a prosecutor, you don’t like to take chances.
It also tells me that he wanted to put all this on the record, he wanted this out in the public domain. And that raises a concern for me, why does Bob Mueller feel it necessary to do that?
Is it that he fears that Mr. Whitaker will shut him down or prevent him from telling the country what happened? So that’s some of the – I think the procedural significance, but the very broad significance here, George, is that there is now testimony, there is now a witness who confirms that in the same way Michael Flynn was compromised, that the president and his business are compromised.
And that is the national security – former national security advisor Michael Flynn was compromised because he was saying things – things publicly that were not true about discussions with the Russians over sanctions.
Rep. Adam Schiff tells @GStephanopoulos Cohen deal shows Robert Mueller "wanted to put all this on the record…and that raises a concern for me. Why does Bob Mueller feel it necessary to do that? Is it that he fears that Mr. Whitaker will shut him down?" https://t.co/j4jW9gu6re pic.twitter.com/cdRh6u9BNQ
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2018
Trump is compromised by Russia
The man who is going to be leading the House Russia investigation in about a month is warning that Trump is a threat to national security because he has been compromised by the Russians. It is that simple. Trump is making US foreign policy based on his personal financial interests.
Adam Schiff is suggesting that there is evidence that Trump wanted the Russian sanctions removed so that he could make money.
It may seem obvious that Trump is compromised, but it is vitally important when a member of Congress says that there is evidence that national security is at risk.
Rep. Schiff is going to get the facts, and the truth may lead straight to the impeachment and removal of Trump as president.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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