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Adam Schiff Hints at Potential Trump Criminal Referral, DOJ ‘Ought to be Investigating’

It's way past time he was held accountable for something.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who oversaw much of the impeachment proceedings against Trump while he was in office, has called on the Department of Justice to finally hold the former president to account for crimes he may have committed in the wake of his 2020 election loss.

Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, the lawmaker said that:

We believe there’s a good-faith basis to conclude that the former president and his campaign may have violated any number of federal laws. I do think the Justice Department ought to be looking at these issues and ought to be investigating.

The January 6th Select Congressional Committee, of which Schiff is a member, found that Trump had likely violated multiple laws in his effort to overturn the election results, and in instigating the violent insurrection at the Capitol as Congress was attempting to certify those results.

As an example of a potentially illegal act that Trump had committed, Schiff pointed to the phone call that the ex-president had made to Georgia Secretary of State — the man in charge of elections there — Brad Raffensperger, during which he urged the official to “find” the exact number of votes he would need in order to change the outcome of the vote in that state.

Raffensperger would later say that he felt threatened by Trump’s tone and message.

On that topic, Schiff was succinct:

I think if anyone else had engaged in that conversation, they would be under investigation, and it should be no different for the former president.

In fact, that is largely why Trump engaged in the sort of actions that he did. Much like Richard Nixon, Trump believed, and still believes, that if he is the president, his actions by definition cannot be illegal.

Trump repeatedly claimed that Article II of the US Consitution actually bestowed on him the right to “do whatever” he wanted to do:

That’s ridiculous, of course, but it truly underscores the reason that the DOJ should definitely be investigating his actions while he was still in office. If he thought he was entitled to do the things that the January 6th Committee produced evidence for, who knows what else he did in his effort to overturn the will of the American people?

And here’s Schiff:

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