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DOJ should investigate Trump for possible crimes in election conspiracy, says Rep. Schiff

The Justice Department should investigate “any allegations of criminal activity” against former President Donald Trump and his allies raised by the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 during its public hearings this month, it said on Sunday. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. “This week.”

“There are certain actions, parts of these different lines of effort to reverse the [2020] election, which I see no evidence that the Justice Department is investigating,” Schiff, a committee member and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview with the “This Week” co-anchor and correspondent for ABC’s global affairs chief, Martha Raddatz.

“Once the evidence has been accumulated by the Justice Department, it must decide whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of the president or anyone else,” he said.

“But they should be investigated if there is credible evidence, which I think there is.”

PHOTO: Representative Adam Schiff listens as the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill, June 9, 2022 .

Rep. Adam Schiff listens as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which is holding its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill, on June 9, 2022.

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On Thursday, the January 6 committee held the first of seven new public hearings to outline its nearly year-long investigation into what members described as Trump’s ‘attempted coup’ – a multi-pronged effort. facets to challenge and overturn the 2020 presidential election results that culminated in the deadly Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021, as members of Congress gathered to certify Trump’s defeat.

Trump has long denied wrongdoing and maintains that the January 6 committee is politically motivated.

“The evidence is very powerful that Donald Trump started telling this ‘big lie’ before the election…that lie continued after the election and eventually led to this mob gathering and attacking the Capitol,” Schiff told Raddatz. sunday. “There are a lot more testimonials where that came from.”

Schiff said exploring links between Trump’s orbit and extremist groups like the Proud Boys has been a “clear focus” of the committee’s investigation, but he declined to be more specific about their work.

Raddatz pressed him in the interview: “Let me ask you again: is there a real conversation between people in Trump’s orbit and the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers?”

“I don’t want to predetermine or prejudge the strength of what we’re going to show you. … I don’t want to go into the details of the evidence. You’ll just have to wait until we get to that point when our audiences,” Schiff said.

PHOTO: Committee members attend the public hearing of the United States House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, in Washington, DC, June 9, 2022 .

Committee members attend the public hearing of the United States House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, in Washington, DC on June 9, 2022.

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The committee will also reveal details about alleged efforts by some Republican lawmakers to apologize to Trump for their involvement in the attempted contestation of the election, he said.

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., Called Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s claim that he asked Trump for forgiveness a “soulless lie.”

“We’ll show the evidence we have that members of Congress were asking for pardons. To me, I think that’s the most compelling evidence of a conscience of guilt,” Schiff said. “Why would the members do this if they felt their involvement in this plot to overturn the election was somehow appropriate?”

On Monday, the committee will hold the second of its final hearings, which they say will focus on evidence that Trump and his aides knew he had lost the election but continued to push unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud.

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