Adam Schiff just crossed President Trump’s red line over how far-reaching the current investigations can go.
Legal experts have varying views on how far Robert Mueller can go to pursue his investigation and with many in the GOP calling it presidential harassment, Mueller knows he has to do everything by the book.
That will not be the case with the next Congress, sadly, as the incoming Democrat house has announced plans to investigate Trump for darn near everything with the intent to damage him politically.
Much in the way Hillary’s investigations cast a pall over her run, the left will seek to use the subpoena power to damage Trump politically for the epic battle to come in 2020.
With Adam Schiff’s stated desire to cross Trump’s red line and dig around his business, expect Trump to resist fiercely and fight with all he’s got.
From The New Yorker: Adam Schiff, who will become the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence next year. On a recent weekend, at a busy restaurant in downtown Burbank, in the heart of his congressional district, Schiff talked about his plans for conducting an investigation that will be parallel to Mueller’s, probing Trump’s connections to Russia, Saudi Arabia, and other places around the world.
As Schiff described his approach, it became clear that he wasn’t just planning to cross Trump’s red line—he intended to obliterate it.
“At the end of the day, what should concern us most is anything that can have a continuing impact on the foreign policy and national-security policy of the United States, and, if the Russians were laundering money for the Trump Organization, that would be totally compromising.”
Schiff hypothesizes that Trump went beyond using his campaign and the Presidency as a vehicle for advancing his business interests, speculating that he may have shaped policy with an eye to expanding his fortune.
“There’s a whole constellation of issues where that is essentially the center of gravity,” Schiff said. “Obviously, that issue is implicated in efforts to build Trump Tower in Moscow. It’s implicated in the money that Trump is bragging he was getting from the Saudis. And why shouldn’t he love the Saudis? He said he was making so much money from them.”
“The American people have a right to know that their President is working on their behalf, not his family’s financial interests,” Schiff said.
“Right now, I don’t think any of us can have the confidence that that’s the case.” All of these subjects, Schiff averred, were fair game for investigation by the committee that he will soon chair.
“Is that why Trump is so pro-Russian? Is his financial interest guiding his foreign policy?” Schiff thinks the answer to those questions may be found in the records of Deutsche Bank, which has been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for laundering money for Russia, and was reportedly the only bank willing to do business with Trump in the nineteen-nineties, when major Wall Street firms declined to loan him money after a series of failed business ventures.
“We are going to be looking at the issue of possible money laundering by the Trump Organization, and Deutsche Bank is one obvious place to start,” Schiff added.