Posted by: maboulette | March 25, 2017

Congressman Adam Schiff Points to the Trump-Russia Cover-up Being Worse Than the Crime


Adam Schiff

Congressman Adam Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He’s seen classified evidence regarding Donald Trump’s Russia scandal that even most of his fellow committee members aren’t yet privy to. Heading into his committee’s Trump-Russia hearings, there are things he can’t yet disclose to the public. But he just offered a big hint about the Trump-Russia cover-up being worse than the crime.

MEET THE PRESS

Appearing on Chuck Todd’s NBC show Meet the Press on Sunday morning, Congressman Schiff stated the following about Donald Trump and his campaign’s involvement with Russia during the campaign: “There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception. And that’s where we begin the investigation.” He went on to explain that there is a certain threshold of evidence necessary to “bring to a grand jury for purposes of a criminal indictment.”

CANNOT USE AGAINST PRESIDENT

That last part is not an approach that Congress can legally use against a sitting President, so it was a clear reference to one or more of Donald Trump’s campaign co-conspirators on Russia. At this point there are too many names to choose from to be able to exactly guess whom Schiff might have been referring to with regard to potential criminal indictments. Roger Stone? Carter Page? J.D. Gordon? Jeff Sessions? Paul Manafort? Michael Flynn? Take your pick. But the real key here is Schiff’s emphasis on the “direct evidence of deception” being stronger than the evidence of collusion.

DECEPTION

“Deception” in this case is a rewording for cover-up, or obstruction of justice. Trump and his top people have now been caught repeatedly lying about their Russian communications and connections, some while under oath. It may be tricky to legally prove that the near constant communications between the Trump campaign and the Russian government were in fact a plot to conspire in election-rigging on the part of both sides. But when crimes this big are covered up after the fact, smaller crimes are often committed by underlings during that cover-up. Those crimes can be used to pressure underlings to flip on the boss, and their testimony then proves what the evidence itself couldn’t.

Currently there are several included Roger Stone and Paul Manafort who are ready to testify to the Intelligence Committee.

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