Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that the House Jan. 6 committee has evidence that former President Donald Trump broke the law, but he declined to get specific about the criminal referrals it could make ahead of the panel’s final meeting Monday.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Schiff, a member of the committee, cited multiple efforts by Trump to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, including pressuring state officials to go along with his false claims of widespread election fraud. “If that’s not criminal, then I don’t know what it is,” he said.
Schiff, however, declined to comment on the possible referrals the committee could make, saying the panel is set to vote on them and will reveal its decision Monday, as well as release its final report this month.
“But I can tell you that our process has been to look meticulously at the evidence and compare it to various statutes. Is there sufficient evidence as to each element of a particular crime?” he said. “We are not referring, or at least won’t be voting to refer, everyone we think there may be evidence, because we want to focus on those for which we believe there’s the strongest evidence.”
The committee, which has been forecasting the possibility of referring Trump to the Justice Department for a crime, is actively considering charges of insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and conspiracy.
While all three are possible, the panel has not yet made a final decision, three sources involved in the committee’s deliberations said last week. The potential recommendations are not necessarily reserved for Trump, and they could also include referrals to other government agencies or the House Ethics Committee.
Schiff reiterated that he thinks Trump “violated multiple criminal laws” and should be prosecuted like any other American who breaks the law.
Asked whether the panel will refer members of Congress who ignored subpoenas from the panel to the Ethics Committee, Schiff said its decision on the “appropriate remedy” for those lawmakers — who include Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Scott Perry, R-Pa. — will also be made public Monday.
“We have weighed: What is the remedy for members of Congress? Is it a criminal referral to another branch of government, or is it better that the Congress police its own?” he said, adding that the panel has considered censure and ethics referrals.
Ryan Nobles, Jonathan Allen, Garrett Haake, Ali Vitali and Haley Talbot contributed.
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