Adam Schiff: ‘Deeply Disturbing’ If Trump Pardons Those in the Russia Investigation
SCHIFF: "Obviously, it would be deeply disturbing, and I think the impression, certainly the country would get from that is the president was trying to shield people from liability for telling the truth about what happened in the Russia investigation or Russian contacts. But what I take away from his discussion with you is, two things, two points he wants to make. First, the president didn’t know. And second, even if he did, there’s no crime here. Now, to believe that, though, we have to rely on two things. We have to rely on Don Jr.’s representation of what happened at that meeting, and we have already seen, many times we can’t rely on that, because of course he first said no such meeting ever happened. Then he said the meeting was about adoptions. And then admitted the meeting was about getting information on Hillary Clinton. And then he wasn’t forthcoming about who was in the meeting. So, we can’t accept anything Don Jr. says. And of course we can’t accept much the president says about this either, because he has a similar record of not being forthcoming when it comes to Russia. And, indeed, if you look at the president’s statements around this time, he announces a speech he’s going to give where he’s going to give the dirt on Hillary Clinton that he then cancels.