Rep. Adam Schiff claimed during a new interview that the “evidence is there” for the House select committee investigating January 6 to make a criminal referral against former President Donald Trump.
Schiff made the comments during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“But I can say that I think Judge Carter in California who analyzed just one small piece of this concluded that the former president and others were engaged or there was evidence they were engaged in a criminal conspiracy, evidence they were engaged in an effort to stop an official proceeding, the Joint Session,” Schiff, who is a member of the committee, said on the show.
.@JonKarl: “Will you be making a criminal referral or referrals?”
Jan. 6 Committee member Adam Schiff on former Pres. Trump: “We’re in the midst of reaching a conclusion on that right now…I think the evidence is there to make a referral.” https://t.co/xh12nf53to pic.twitter.com/tMuhMtiGP9
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Schiff said that the committee is currently making its final decisions about criminal referrals.
“I think the evidence is there to make a referral and we just have to decide whether that’s the course we are going to take.”
The Democrat lawmaker also said that they are looking at options for holding Trump in contempt of Congress for not complying with their subpoena.
Rep. Schiff also expressed his frustration with former Vice President Mike Pence for declining to testify before the committee.
“But once again, Donald Trump took the cowardly way out. Unlike other presidents that have fulfilled their duty even after office and testified before Congress, very — not surprising with the former president, it was disappointing with the former vice president who, like others before him, sadly, said I can’t share this information with the American people and Congress, but I could write a book about it,” Schiff added. “That’s very disappointing.”
Trump announced on Tuesday that he is once again running for the White House in 2024.
Even if they did indict him, Trump could continue to run for office and serve if he wins.9