Schiff: Scooter Libby Pardon Is "A Message" From Trump To Mueller Probe Targets

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Rep. Adam Schiff responds to WH press secretary Sarah Sanders, who told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Schiff's accusations about the president are untethered from reality and his pardon of Scooter Libby is not a signal to those targeted by the Mueller probe.

Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee "Adam Schiff rarely bases any comments in reality," Sanders said. "Talk about a grandstander. He probably is hook, line and sinker buddies with James Comey. They both have never found a TV camera they don’t love to be in front of."

Schiff says President Trump's pardon of Libby "is a message." "Basically, I will use the pardon power to pardon people even out of a convicted oath, leaking our obstruction of justice, if you’re with me, I have your back," Schiff paraphrased.





"I’m working on legislation, frankly, that would say that any pardon that the president issues in which he is a potential witness, subject or target, the files ought to be provided to Congress so the American people can tell whether this is part of an obstruction of justice."




REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D), CALIF.: I don’t think she likes me very much, George. Well you’d have to believe that the president picked out of a hat, out of the thousands of people seeking to pardon, this was a complete coincidence. I don’t find that the least bit credible.

I think the president is sending a message. Basically, I will use the pardon power to pardon people even out of a convicted oath, leaking our obstruction of justice, if you’re with me, I have your back.

I think this is the very blatant message the president is trying to send, and I’m working on legislation, frankly, that would say that any pardon that the president issues in which he is a potential witness, subject or target, the files ought to be provided to Congress so the American people can tell whether this is part of an obstruction of justice.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So it’s preserved no matter what. And on James Comey, you know, there’s been some critics that said that they’re concerned that him speaking out now may effect the Mueller investigation in some way.

Are you concerned about that?

SCHIFF: I’m not concerned about it. I think his statements as far I’ve seen eclipse over are consistent with his testimony, with his memorandum. I’ve always found him to be very credible, very truthful, and so I think the Twitter attack and any concern about the investigation doesn’t concern me.

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