Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is grasping at straws, claiming that President Trump could still be indicted once he leaves office.
Lost in the mix here is that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee seems resigned to accept that Democrats will not succeed in their quest to bring down Trump.
Schiff appeared Sunday on “Face the Nation,” telling CBS anchor Margaret Brennan that “the president is not above the law.”
Brennan cited federal prosecutors in New York ending their investigation of Trump campaign finance violations without bringing any charges to ask Schiff if this proves him wrong in predicting the case involving hush money payments allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal would be reopened when Trump leaves office.
“No, not at all,” Schiff replied. “It’s been clear from Bob Mueller that he felt and the Justice Department feels bound by the office of legal Counsel opinion that you can’t indict a sitting president. [Trump] is essentially an un-indicted co-conspirator.”
“I assume that all this means, in terms of the Southern District of New York, is that the case will be reopened when he leaves office, providing the statute of limitations has not run,” he added. “From my point of view, if the evidence supports that, he should be indicted.”
Schiff went on to ask why should former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to go to jail, but the guy who allegedly did the direction and the coordination evade justice?
[Trump] may have a temporary reprieve while he occupies that office. But I think the Justice Department will have to seriously consider reopening the case if that’s what it requires and indicting him when he leaves office,” he concluded.
Uninterrupted, which was not the case with Brennan during an earlier segment that featured Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
How many times CBS News' Margaret Brennan interrupted the following politicians on "Face the Nation" this morning:
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (CA): 0
Democrat Sen. Cory Booker (NJ): 1
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY): 12
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 21, 2019
Brennan also asked Schiff about a claim he made that Attorney General William Barr intervened to stop this investigation.
“Well I haven’t alleged that he did that,” Schiff backtracked. “What I have said is that Congress ought to find out and make sure there was no intervention by Bill Barr or Main Justice to bring about essentially a political closure of that case.”
Grasping at straws appears to be all that the Trump-hating Democrat has left in his arsenal — his credibility already took a hit from when he said “undoubtedly there is collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
One option we can be sure Schiff won’t be exercising is grasping Trump-brand straws.
The president’s campaign seized on the skepticism expressed by the president last week about banning plastic straws, as liberal cities like San Francisco go to flimsy paper straws.
“We have bigger problems than plastic straws,” Trump said. “What about the plates, the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger and they’re made of the same material? So the straws are interesting. Everybody focuses on the straws.”
Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, tweeted “Make Straws Great Again,” linking to the campaign’s online store, which advertises a pack of 10 Trump-stamped plastic straws for $15 .
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) July 18, 2019
A social media user shared a rather awesome video featuring the Trump straws that are said to be “recyclable.”
— SOMETHiNG WiCKËD (@som3thingwicked) July 21, 2019
If Schiff does opt to do a little shopping there, perhaps he’ll pick up a nifty “Pencil-Neck Adam Schiff” T-shirt being peddled on Twitter by the campaign.
The tweet read: “Little Pencil-Neck Adam Schiff. He spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking. He should be forced to resign from Congress! Everyone should buy a Pencil-Neck Adam Schiff shirt today!”
The term “pencil neck” was applied by Trump at a campaign rally earlier this year.
“Little pencil neck Adam Schiff,” he said. “He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen. He is not a long ball hitter.”
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