Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) discussed the House Committee’s interest in former Trump Justice Department employee Jeffrey Clark — a key player in the attempt to assist Trump overturn the 2020 election — in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.
“I know you have also just subpoenaed Jeffrey Clark,” said Blitzer. “Do you expect him to cooperate?”
“Very hard to say,” said Schiff. “We subpoenaed him because we couldn’t get voluntary cooperation, and we were tired of waiting. And at the end of the day, we’re going to move, and we’re going to move fast to make sure that we get this information with the American people, and if we don’t, and if they don’t show up and don’t cooperate, we will vote to hold them in criminal contempt in the House. We’ll refer that to the Justice Department and expect them to be prosecuted.”
“Would you like both of these former Justice Department officials, Rosen and Clark, to testify publicly?” asked Blitzer.
“I think there will come a time that we will want many of these witnesses, perhaps not all of them, but many, to testify publicly so that the public can hear them directly, evaluate their credibility,” said Schiff. “But also, we cannot acclimate ourselves to what’s gone on in the last four years. It ought to shock Americans what they already know, because the Senate findings are already public, and that is that Clark and others tried to subvert the election, tried to use the power of the Justice Department that is meant to represent the interests of justice to overturn the election, to make claims of false investigations into nonexistent fraud, to try to get Georgia to appoint a new set of electors based on a completely fraudulent effort to overturn the election.”
He also said that the committee will focus on Trump’s attempts to utilize the DOJ to overturn Biden’s win.
“The subversion of that department was such a dire threat to our democracy, the public really needs to hear from this, these witnesses,” added Schiff. “I think ultimately publicly, but be aware of how dangerous the situation was.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) alleged Tuesday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) lied to reporters about their discussions and refused to explain himself when challenged.
The California Democrat said his Republican counterpart’s ability to lie without guilt was part of a larger problem besetting U.S. democracy since Donald Trump entered politics, and he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the House investigation into the Jan. 6 insurgency was intended to root out that threat.
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“On this select committee, we are of one mind. Anyone who does not comply [with subpoenas] we will refer for criminal prosecution, and there needs to be accountability,” Schiff said. “It really is essential for us to bring our democracy back from the brink, that we once again have our rules applied equally to everyone.”
“One of the things that terrifies me about the upcoming midterms is we need to make sure that the party in power believes in the rule of law,” he added. “One of the stories I tell about Kevin McCarthy is, I was sitting next to him on a plane having a private conversation and then him going to the press and telling the press the exact opposite of our conversation, and when I confronted him on the House floor about this and said, ‘Kevin, you know I said the exact opposite of what you told the press,’ his answer was to me, ‘Yeah, I know, Adam, but you know how it goes.'”
According to Schiff, moral corruption emanates from the previous president and has infected a large portion of the Republican Party.
“We cannot have a leadership in Congress that has no commitment to the truth, that shares Donald Trump’s willingness to falsify and lie about everything and so this, too, is what puts us in peril,” he said. “I think of all the damage that Donald Trump did to our democracy, the most corrosive was this relentless attack on the truth.”