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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

US: Donald Trump may go to Jail - Adam Schiff (See Reason)

Prosecutors may seek to indict Donald Trump as soon as he leaves office over bombshell court filings released on Friday, a senior Democrat has claimed, as the opposition party ramped up plans to assail the president in the second half of his term.

“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 very real prospect of jail time,” California Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.

With a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, opposition politicians are looking to aggressively investigate possible election interference and fraudulent efforts in obtaining the highest office in the country. Jerrold Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Republicans failed to do so.

“The Republican Congress absolutely tried to shield the president,” the New York Democrat said on CNN’s State of the Union. “The new Congress will not try to shield the president. It will try to get to the bottom of this in order to serve the American people and stop this massive fraud on the American people.”

In the court filings, prosecutors suggested that Mr Trump ordered Michael Cohen, who was his attorney at the time, to commit two felonies: making illegal payments to women in exchange for silence on their alleged sexual encounters with Mr Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump committed impeachable offences if it could be proved that, during his presidential campaign, he ordered Mr Cohen to pay illegal hush money to women to keep mum about alleged sexual encounters, Mr Nadler said. 

“Whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question,” Mr Nadler added. “But certainly, they’d be impeachable offences, because even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office.

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