Representative Adam Schiff made the rounds of various news shows this week touting his prediction that President Trump could see jail time upon his exiting office.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney was sentenced to three years in prison last week and Schiff is convinced that federal prosecutors have solid evidence that Trump committed by directing Cohen to pay hush money to two women.
The mainstream media was quick to embrace Schiff’s dire words.
Speaking on ABC’s This Week this past Sunday Schiff said: “My takeaway is there’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”
Schiff was reacting to a prosecutors sentencing memo. In his sentencing phase, Cohen claimed he worked “in coordination with and at the direction of” President Trump when he paid off women for the silence during the 2016 Presidential campaign.
Schiff went further Sunday to say that Trump could end up needing a pardon from his successor. Schiff said, “We have been discussing the issue of pardons that the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people, the bigger pardon question may come down the road as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump.”
This comes after an increased boldness in some Democrats who were calling for Trump’s impeachment months before he took the oath of office.
In his typical combative way, President Trump refused to be intimidated. He told reporters after the Weekend news cycle that it does not concern him that he might be impeached saying, “It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country. Trump added, “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.
Whether Schiff’s warnings have a basis for concern is yet to be seen. Federal prosecutors said last week in New York that then-candidate Trump directed Cohen to make payments in the six-figures for their silence in 2016.
According to those prosecutors, those payments amounted to a campaign contribution, even though he paid from his personal account and not his election fund.
Other leading Democrats downplayed Schiff’s claims of possible jail time but maintained their push toward impeachment.
Senior Democratic leadership stopped short of discussing impeachment hearings, however. They remember how the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the House was a wasted effort. Like now, the party that could sentence Clinton held the Senate. The rest is history.
Earlier this year, Trump acknowledged that he repaid Cohen for $130,000 paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Trump had already slammed Cohen for “telling lies about him to get a lighter prison term.” Trump said his ex-lawyer should have known the law. “Michael Cohen is a lawyer,” he told Reuters, “I assume he would know what he’s doing.”
He then added: “Number one, it wasn’t a campaign contribution. If it were, it’s only civil, and even if it’s only civil, there was no violation based on what we did. OK?”
Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN that, if it is proved that Trump directed the payments, that would amount to “impeachable offenses.”
Nadler soft pebbled on his Democrat colleague’s assertion that Trump will be impeached, removed from office, tried, and sentenced.
Without saying it in so many words, Nadler intimated that Schiff was getting ahead of himself. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper that impeachment could be seen as “an attempt to overturn the result of the last election and [Congress] should do it only for very serious situations.”
He added, “You don’t necessarily launch an impeachment against the President because he committed an impeachable offense. There are several things you have to look at… Do [such charges] rise to the gravity where you should undertake an impeachment?”
Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Schiff referred to Russia/Trump collusion rather than payments made by Cohen as the basis of his Trump – jail time speculations.
That effort has produced nothing but empty air and with the President’s approval ratings edging upwards toward 50% even after Schiff’s latest ploy, it’s no wonder other Democrats seem to want him to go it alone.