Adam Schiff: Trump could 'face the real prospect of jail time'

Adam Schiff: Trump could 'face the real prospect of jail time'

The U.S. Justice Department has a standing guideline against indicting sitting presidents, although they can be charged after leaving office.

But King said the evidence isn't strong enough to support impeachment, and that moving ahead with impeachment based on the evidence available would likely prove politically damaging to the nation. The filing recommended a "substantial" prison sentence for Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen.

Despite Trump's declarations, Mueller hasn't ruled out that the prospect of election season coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign, and only recently received written answers from the president about possible Russian interference. He has denied wrongdoing.

After Democrats take control of the House, Nadler said, they will aggressively investigate what happened during the campaign. Even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office, ' he said on CNN's 'State of the Union'. Trump on Friday said he would nominate former Attorney General William Barr to the post to succeed Jeff Sessions.

Democrats will be in the majority in the House of Representatives once new members are sworn in on January 3.

Trump's only defense? Cohen, he says, is a liar.

The U.S. president is generally believed to lack the power to pardon his or her own crimes, but constitutional experts note that the guiding document doesn't offer a specific prohibition against self-pardon, and no president has attempted to issue one.

In court filings, prosecutors also revealed that a Russian citizen had attempted to help Trump's presidential campaign, Reuters reported.

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In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including campaign finance violations, and detailed an illegal operation to stifle sex stories and distribute hush money to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who had both claimed they had affairs with Trump.

Christie said that while he's always thought that the "Michael Cohen situation was much more perilous for the White House than was Bob Mueller", that the Mueller investigation remains a threat to Trump.

They said Cohen should receive some credit for cooperating with Mueller but noted he had not entered into a similar agreement with their office.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio told CNN he was waiting for the results of the Russian Federation investigation and related federal probes. "The new Congress will not try to shield the president". "They're used for cases with extraordinary circumstances". "The best way to solve a problem like this to me is elections". "I'm a conservative when it comes to impeachment. We may get there, but we're not there now".

Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said: "Connecting the dots isn't exactly his strong suit!"

"Let's be clear: We have reached a new level in the investigation", Murphy said.

On Friday, Mueller said Cohen's false statements to Congress had "obscured the fact" that the skyscraper project held the potential to reap "hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources" for the Trump Organization.

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, was cautious about the possibility of impeachment but suggested that Trump might face additional jeopardy.

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