Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff claims Trump faces 'real prospect' of jail time

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff claims Trump faces 'real prospect' of jail time

The allegation made in court papers on Friday is the first time the government has connected Trump to what it says are criminal campaign finance violations.

With prosecutors saying President Trump arranged illegal payments during the 2016 campaign, Rep. Adam Schiff adds a thought: "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him", he says on CBS' Face the Nation, per Slate.

Host Chuck Todd asked King whether the government is obligated, now, to purse a case against the president, based no the developments with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Mr. Trump has denied having sexual relationships with either woman and over the weekend denied directing Mr. Cohen to break any laws.

Cohen had in August pleaded guilty to several charges related to tax evasion, lying to banks, and campaign finance fraud, and stated in court he had coordinated on campaign-finance felonies with a political candidate that could only have been the president, and who he later identified as Trump.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump announces that he is nominating William Barr, attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, as his attorney general, on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday.

"But impeachment essentially, Chuck, is a political issue and I don't think that the - well, let me put it this way I don't think that there's evidence yet available to the public where there would be more or less a consensus that this was an appropriate path", he said, meaning the path of impeaching the President.

US President Donald Trump attends the annual Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 8, 2018.

Still, he questioned whether the efforts to silence the women "rise to the gravity" of formally ousting Trump from office.

In a separate recommendation on Friday Mr Mueller said Cohen should serve any sentence imposed for that crime concurrently with the sentence imposed for the NY charges.

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Legal experts are divided over whether a sitting president can be charged with a crime, as well as on whether a violation of campaign finance law would be an impeachable offence.

Federal law requires that any payments made "for the purposes of influencing" an election must be reported in campaign finance disclosures. "The president created his own swamp and brought it to the White House".

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called the latest filings "relevant information" that lawmakers should take seriously.

"The best way to solve a problem like this, to me, is elections", King said. "It's important for Congress to get all of the underlying facts and data and evidence that the special counsel has".

Such a move would be "a bad mistake", Rubio said. Murphy spoke on ABC, and King was on NBC's "Meet the Press". Many believe that moving forward with the process as soon as the new Congress convenes in early January could risk a backlash among voters ― especially before special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's actions has concluded.

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