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‘Much more dangerous’ for Justice Department not to prosecute Trump

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that it would be “far more dangerous” for the Justice Department not to investigate and potentially prosecute former President Donald Trump.

Partial transcript as follows:

BRENNAN: I also want to ask you, Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney said that not prosecuting former President Trump for the attack on the Capitol would be a much greater constitutional threat to the country than political hardship. related to laying charges. She said so in an ABC interview. She also said there were possible criminal referrals, not just one, but many. Do you agree?

SCHIFF: Yes. I do. You know, for four years the Department of Justice has taken the position that you can’t indict a sitting president. If the department were to now take the position that you cannot investigate or indict a former president. Then a president becomes above the law. This is a very dangerous idea that the founders would never have subscribed to. Even more dangerous, I think in the case of Donald Trump. This- Donald Trump is someone who has shown when he is not held accountable, he continues to commit abuses of power that get worse and worse. So I agree with Justice Carter in California, I think there was evidence that the former president engaged in multiple violations of the law, and that should be investigated .

BRENNAN: But there will also be a political calculation to that. It’s an incredibly divided country right now. Millions of people voted for the former president and still believe, mistakenly, that he won the election – isn’t suing him a very high risk in that?

SCHIFF: You know, this is definitely not a step to be taken lightly. At the same time, immunizing a former president who has engaged in wrongdoing, I would agree with our vice president – I think that’s more dangerous than anything, and the decision not to prosecute investigation or not to prosecute, because of a person’s political status or political influence or because they have supporters. To me, that’s a far more dangerous thing for our Constitution than to follow evidence wherever it leads, including where it leads to a former president.

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