Democrats know their options are limited.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on Sunday that to prosecute former President Donald Trump would be a “difficult decision” for the Justice Department, even though enough evidence suggests criminal behavior.
The Jan. 6 committee, which Schiff is a member of, has been in the midst of a series of public hearings that discuss the connection between Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and the Jan.6 Capitol riot. He added that Attorney General Merrick Garland has disclosed watching the hearings along with other prosecutors.
“Powerful evidence” suggests that Trump upon losing the election, pressed allies and his own government officials to pursue claims of widespread voter fraud, as Schiff said on NBC News’s Meet the Press.
A judge in March had said how Trump “likely” committed crimes in relation to the 2020 election which Schiff agrees with as he adds there is “sufficient evidence to believe the former president violated multiple federal laws.” Still, he added it would be a “very difficult decision” for the attorney general to choose to prosecute. “It’s not a difficult decision to investigate when there’s evidence before you,” Schiff added.
Schiff added that “I have yet to see any indication that the former president himself is under investigation.”
Schiff has also warned that Trump-backed candidates running for state-level positions would be responsible for oversight of the election process if Trump decides to run in the 2024 election. “I think the worst-case scenario is not that Donald Trump runs and wins, but that he runs and loses and they overturn the election,” Schiff said. “Because there’s no deterrent, because there’s no effort to, to push back and to hold people accountable.”