House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff begrudgingly admitted this Sunday that he’s “yet to see any indication” that former President Donald Trump is under investigation by the Department of Justice.
He made the bombshell admission while predictably complaining about the DOJ’s refusal to directly charge Trump.
Speaking on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press,” he was asked by host Chuck Todd whether the DOJ’s recent actions, including the Orwellian arrest of Trump-era Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark, have inspired more confidence in him.
“This week the Department of Justice certainly let the public know it was doing a lot more on Jan. 6th than we’d seen in the past. I think there were subpoenas served on at least nine people in four states. A search warrant was executed on the home of Jeffrey Clark,” the MSNBC host said.
“You’ve been critical in the past of the Justice Department. You felt as if maybe they were being a bit too passive. Do you still have that criticism, or do you look at their actions this week and does that reassure you some?”
Ex Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark tells Tucker feds dragged him into street in PJs, tossed his home https://t.co/4jfFBxn7UT pic.twitter.com/rlI94mCwJq
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 24, 2022
At first Schiff responded by admitting that the DOJ does seem to be doing more these days.
“It certainly seems that there’s a greater sense of urgency than I’ve seen before,” he said.
But as is typical of the Trump-obsessed Democrat, he quickly pivoted to complaining about Trump not being charged.
“At the same time, I have yet to see any indication that the former president himself is under investigation, and I concur with what Judge Carter in California said that there’s sufficient evidence to believe the former president violated multiple federal laws,” he said.
“And you can’t hold anyone immune. You can’t say there’s a different standard, a different rule of law for former presidents, particularly when you took the position while they were in office that they couldn’t be indicted.”
“Judge Carter” was a reference to a Clinton-appointed federal judge, David O. Carter, who in March issued a ruling stating that “the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”
The ruling was made in a case involving John Eastman, the Trump attorney who’s been accused by the Jan. 6th committee of trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
“The illegality of the plan was obvious,” the judge wrote.
“Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” the opinion adds. pic.twitter.com/kPP99HnyEh
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) March 28, 2022
“Former President Trump ‘more likely than not’ attempted to illegally obstruct Congress when he tried to subvert the 2020 election on Jan. 6, 2021, a federal district court judge determined in a ruling Monday that ordered California lawyer John Eastman to hand over emails to the congressional panel investigating the insurrection,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
“U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, who is based in Santa Ana, broadly stated that Trump likely committed felony obstruction of Congress and that Trump and his then attorney Eastman likely engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct Congress.”
The judge basically said that because Eastman’s actions allegedly involved a crime, he had no right to not turn over his emails.
All this said, while both Schiff and Carter clearly see a crime in Trump’s actions, many others, including legal experts like Jonathan Turley, do not.
And indeed, in a blog post published Friday, Turley noted that actually “[m]aking such a case [in court] is far more challenging than making the claim on national television. ”
Though some have at least tried.
“District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine announced [last year] that he was considering arresting Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) for incitement. Then nothing happened. The reason was not any misguided affection for Trump; the problem was that Racine could not make the case,” Turley pointed out.
“Words do matter,” DC Attorney General Karl Racine is looking into charging Pres. Trump and others for inciting violence at the US Capitol. Those who are found to have “encouraged people to go on to the Capitol and to cause havoc would, in the strict definition, be liable.” pic.twitter.com/qM0DZaWIyN
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 12, 2021
It’s no different than charging Trump with colluding with Russia to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. For years Schiff claimed to be in possession of enough evidence to make the case. Yet as of 2022, a whopping six years after the election, Trump remains uncharged — and rightfully so.
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