Schiff: 'I Do Have Concerns' About 'Multiple Witnesses' Committing Perjury

By Susan Jones | January 7, 2019 | 5:32 AM EST

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Sunday he wants to help Special Counsel Robert Mueller bring perjury charges against various witnesses in the Trump-Russia probe, if such charges are warranted.

Schiff, determined foe of President Donald Trump, is the new chairman of the House intelligence committee, and he’s made it clear he believes some witnesses lied to the committee when it was led by Republicans.

“Over the last two years, frankly, our committee was working to conflict itself with the special counsel, to make the special counsel's work more difficult,” Schiff told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.


“We hope, as one of our first acts, to make the transcript of our witnesses fully available to the special counsel for any purpose, including the bringing of perjury charges, if necessary, against any of the witnesses, but also to see the evidence that they contain and help flesh out the picture for the special counsel.

“We also really immediately went to work in reaching out to private institutions to lay the foundation to get records as soon as our committee is constituted.”

(Schiff previously has said he wants to see Donald Trump's banking and financial records.)

Host Jake Tapper asked Schiff if he has anyone specific in mind who may have committed perjury before the House intelligence committee: "Are you talking about Donald Trump Jr.? Are you talking about Michael Cohen? Are you talking about Roger Stone?" Tapper asked.

“I don't want to go into enumerating particularly who I have concerns about, but I do have concerns about certainly multiple witnesses," Schiff responded.

"And I think Bob Mueller, by virtue of the fact that he has been able to conduct this investigation using tools that we didn't have in our committee, meaning compulsion, is in a better position to determine, OK, who was telling the truth, who wasn't, and who could I make a case against in terms of perjury?

“So there's no reason to protect these witnesses. There's every reason to validate Congress' interest in not having people come before it and lie,” Schiff continued.

“And I think people felt that they had some kind of immunity with the GOP majority at the time, because they would often intervene to tell witnesses: ‘You don't have to answer that question. You don't have to say anything you don't want or come in even if you don't want to. We're not going to compel you.’

“And that's simply no way to run an investigation.”

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