In an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended the House Jan. 6 committee’s court filing which said former President Donald Trump may have “engaged in a criminal conspiracy.”
Rep. Schiff, a California Democrat, told host Margaret Brennan the Department of Justice “ought to be investigating” the former president.
Schiff is a member of the Jan. 6 committee, which filed its findings in a federal court last Wednesday.
In the filing, the committee posited Trump and his campaign could have “engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States” by trying to challenge the 2020 election results, according to ABC News.
“What we made clear in our filing to the court is we believe there’s a good faith basis to conclude that the former president and his campaign may have violated any number of federal laws, including obstructing an official proceeding, the joint session, and defrauding the American people,” Schiff told “Face the Nation.”
“And I do think that the Justice Department ought to be looking at these issues and ought to be investigating.”
Schiff went on to say that “to give one very graphic example, the former president (was) on the phone with the secretary of state in Georgia demanding that he find 11,780 votes that didn’t exist, but the precise number he would need to overtake President Biden.”
“I think if anyone else had engaged in that conversation, they would be under investigation,” Schiff said.
“And it should be no different for the former president.
“So I think the Department (of Justice) is diligently pursuing those who attacked the Capitol that day,” he continued.
“But there were multiple lines of effort to overturn the election that may have violated the law, which also should be investigated.”
Schiff is one of nine individuals on the committee convened by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
While purportedly bipartisan because it contains two Republicans, those GOP representatives — Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — are known for their anti-Trump sympathies.
Wednesday’s filing was the first time the committee had explicitly accused Trump of criminal activity.
In a statement, Trump said the committee’s “sole goal is to try to prevent President Trump, who is leading by large margins in every poll, from running again for president, if I so choose.
“By so doing they are destroying democracy as we know it,” he said. “Their lies and Marxist tactics against political opponents will not stop the truth, or the biggest political movement, Make America Great Again/America First, in the history of our Country.”