Schiff Says that if DOJ Does not Investigate Trump, it Sends the Message that a President is Above the Law

January 06 Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff called on the Justice Department to investigate ex-President Donald Trump, stating that he believes Trump broke the law trying to cling to power after the 2020 election.

The Californian Democrat, Schiff, was interviewed on CBS News “Face the Nation” on Sunday. He talked about new witness testimony from a former White House aide.

Cassidy Hutchinson, the aide, alleged that Trump sought to lead his supporters to the Capitol on January 06, 2021, knowing some were carrying weapons. She remarked that he was stopped from going by the Secret Service. 

Schiff remarked that the testimony warrants official actions from the DOJ, which he said had to act or risk expressing the message that criminality by a president is acceptable. 

“I think there’s evidence the former president engaged in multiple violations of the law, and that should be investigated,” Schiff said.

Schiff argued that not investigating someone due to their political influence is more perilous to the States than following the evidence where it heads, including when it even points to a former president. 

Accusing a former president would be a historic move, and attorney general Merrick Garland is said to have been concerned that a prosecution could risk the DOJ’s political neutrality. 

Trump claims he genuinely believes his election fraud claims are false and has dismissed Hutchinson’s testimony.