House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff dropped a truth bomb recently when he said that out of all the reasons President Donald Trump is seeking a second term in the White House, the most prominent one may be to avoid going to prison.
Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is being sent to prison for three years in a felony scheme that also features a co-conspirator who has not yet been indicted, referred to as “Individual 1”, who is now known to be none other than President Trump. If “Individual 1” is indicted, then a prison sentence could accompany that, however, if Trump wins reelection, then the statute of limitations (five years) would run out during his second term, and Justice Department guidelines which preclude indicting a sitting President thereby allowing Trump to avoid prosecution at all.
“I’m sure that it has occurred to the president that there is a prospect that he may be indicted when he leaves office… And the longer he stays in office and if he is able to avoid the statute of limitations by remaining in office ― that that is a consideration that has not escaped him.”-Adam Schiff, on the possibility of Trump facing prison
The White House offered no response to Schiff’s statement. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed on Monday that she did NOT know about the checks Trump wrote to Michael Cohen to repay him for offering hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump even though we now know the checks were signed IN THE WHITE HOUSE by the president. Sanders had only the short statement “I’m not aware of those specific checks” when pressed on the issue.
Schiff has said publicly that he agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her stance that Democrats should NOT try to impeach Trump unless the abundance of evidence was so significant that a large number of Republicans wanted to join in on a call for impeachment. But he also said he does think the current guidelines should be changed to allow for an indictment of a sitting president, with prosecution being deferred until that president is no longer holding office. He does NOT see a clear path to having Republicans join in agreement to impeach Trump and said the following:
“There is very little willingness to even acknowledge the impropriety, let alone illegality, by members of the GOP… The only thing worse than putting the country through the trauma of an impeachment is putting the country through the trauma of a failed impeachment.”Adam Schiff