Rep. Adam Schiff: If Michael Cohen Will Go to Jail, Then Why Shouldn’t Trump?


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is not just a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, he is also the incoming Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. On Tuesday evening he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and discussed the ongoing investigation into multiple alleged wrong-doings by President Trump and/or his campaign.

The interview went pretty much exactly as one might expect given the vocal anti-Trump audience (which sounded like a pro wrestling crowd when they lustily booed when the outgoing House Intel Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA).) But there was an interesting comment that merited a not-so-exclusive Mediaite post that you, dear reader, find yourself reading.

Schiff weighed in Michael Cohen’s three-year prison sentence over his defrauding the American electorate by paying hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen MacDougal. Cohen claims to have committed that crime at the direction of his then-boss Donald Trump, who is believed by many to be named a thus-far unindicted co-conspirator.

“Here’s the thing,” Schiff opened, “If the Justice Department takes the position that Michael Cohen should go to jail, that these allegations are so serious that he should go to jail for these campaign fraud allegations, what is the argument against jail for the individual who coordinated and directed that scheme?”


If in fact, Trump was well aware of the hush money payments in advance of the November 2016 election (as leaked audio tape suggests), and if the Southern District of New York found this worthy of time in prison, then why isn’t good enough for the goose, good enough for the gander? (In this simile, Cohen is the goose and Trump is the gander.)

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CBS.

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