Schiff: Congress Would Take a Look at Mueller's Evidence 'if Necessary'

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Cohen pleaded guilty to eight felony counts last year and will begin a three-year prison term in May. The probe isn't included in the White House or Justice Department's general budget because the Special Counsel's Office is financed by the U.S. Treasury under special regulations issued by the Justice Department.

The chairman of the House intelligence committee pointed to the case of Michael Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer, in which the government described how "Individual 1" directed and coordinated a campaign fraud scheme.

"The Special Counsel is funded by the Independent Counsel appropriation, a permanent indefinite appropriation established in the Department's 1988 Appropriations Act", a Justice Department spokesman said.

"The Justice Department policy against indictment is the wrong policy", Schiff said, "particularly when there is any risk that the statute of limitations may allow a president to escape justice."
I don't think that's a supportable position, ' Schiff said.

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"Since you asked, and I've been thinking about this", Pelosi said.

Speaking to MSNBC, Schiff, who chairs the committee and represents California, answered questions about the next steps for those investigating President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Schiff has placed great store in the past on the revelations that he said could be gleaned from phone records in the Russian Federation investigation.

"If the Justice Department either attempts to hide the Mueller report or the underlying evidence, then requiring Mueller to testify may very well be necessary", Schiff said.

Schiff's comments echoed Pelosi's, who told The Washington Post recently, in the most unequivocal language yet, that she would not support impeachment because it wasn't worth the potential fallout.

"Well, if there's insufficient evidence in the Mueller report and we're not able to produce sufficient evidence in our own investigation, that ends the inquiry", he said.

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