The January 6th House Select Committee has said there was evidence that Donald Trump committed crimes in trying to overturn the presidential election that he lost. Now Rep. Adam Schiff is just one member of Congress urging immediate action against Trump from the Justice Department.
A federal judge’s statement that Donald Trump “more likely than not” committed felony obstruction with his attempt to overturn the 2020 election is significant — but not the same as saying Trump should be convicted of a felony. Legal experts say the statement by U.S. District Judge David Carter is unlikely to materially increase the chances of a Trump indictment, and the DOJ has given no signs thus far that Attorney General Merrick Garland is contemplating the unprecedented act of charging a former president.
“Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that…Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021,” Carter wrote.
Maybe too obvious, but it’s STUPID to keep saying “Prosecuting a former president is something we just don’t do.” The REASON we don’t is that former presidents haven’t launched insurrections or attempted criminal coups! That’s WHY there’s no precedent for prosecuting them. Duh.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 29, 2022
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, agrees with Judge Carter’s ruling. Carter’s ruling is “something the Justice Department needs to pay very strong attention to,” Rep. Schiff told Axios. “I have felt for some time now that there was good cause for the department to be investigating the former president’s conduct, in particular the efforts he made with the secretary of state in Georgia,” Schiff added. “To me, that is a clear demonstration of a corrupt intent and a president acting on corrupt intent.”
So I am watching this extraordinary hearing of the Jan 6th Cmtee votinv on contempt charges against key Trump aides. I’m watching on @MSNBC. No network channel nor CNN are carrying this live hearing. We are guided by media in determining what issues are impt & which not. pic.twitter.com/JPTBT29OGN
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) March 29, 2022
Rep. Schiff also appeared on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday night to discuss the judge’s new ruling and what he expects of the Attorney General.