Schiff is not backing down.
Despite having sufficient evidence to display criminal behavior, prosecuting former President Donald Trump will be a difficult decision, according to comments Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA.) made on Sunday (June 26).
Schiff, a member of the Jan. 6 Select Committee, has been an active figure in this summer’s public hearings aimed at exposing a link between Trump’s false claims that the 2020 Presidential elections were rigged and the deadly Capitol riot.
The hearings have also drawn the attention of Attorney General Merrick Garland, who revealed he and prosecutors have been following the highly publicized hearings.
In his appearance on NBC News’s “Meet the Press,” Schiff proclaimed that there was “powerful evidence” to suggest Trump was aware he had lost the election to Joe Biden but, withstanding this knowledge, encouraged his allies, government officials, and top brass within the Department of Justice to pursue his claims of voter fraud.
The California Democrat also went on to state that he agrees with the judge who concluded that Trump “likely” committed crimes concerning the 2020 Presidential election, adding he holds the view that there is “sufficient evidence to believe the former president violent multiple federal laws.”
But acknowledging the predicament the Attorney General is in, he noted it was a “difficult decision” to decide whether or not to prosecute but was optimistic that it may be possible, saying, “It’s not a difficult decision to investigate when there’s evidence before you.”
Schiff also revealed that since the start of the panel’s public, the Department of Justice has shown a “greater sense of urgency” regarding the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, but added he had “yet to see any indication that the former President himself is under investigation.”