Schiff is not backing down.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told CNN’s Dana Bash that they have evidence of President Donald Trump’s involvement in the scheme to send secondary groups of electors from battleground states.
“We’ll show evidence of the president’s involvement in this scheme,” Schiff said. “We’ll also, again, show evidence about what his own lawyers came to think about this scheme.”
During the committee’s second public hearing testimonies were given by many people close to Trump who had warned him about how his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results would fail. Some of these people were close allies of the president.
On Thursday, during the hearing, the pressure campaign put on then-Vice President Mike Pence who was asked to reject the election results and state that Trump was still president was recounted.
The committee so far appears to be trying to lay the foundation so that another judicial body can indict the former president. However, they have not yet been in full cooperation with the Department of Justice and have largely refused to hand over hundreds of transcripts with witnesses that the DOJ has requested as part of their investigations.
If evidence is presented that Trump had been involved in sending fake electors then the DOJ could potentially indict the former president.
Schiff however warned to not “get ahead of our hearing” when Bash asked about the committee having evidence that Trump “directed” any of the fake electors.
“We’ll show during a hearing what the president’s role was in trying to get states to name alternate slates of electors,” Schiff said and added, “how that scheme depended initially on hopes that the legislatures would reconvene and bless it.”