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Attorney James R. Benson: Prosecute Congressman Adam Schiff for Obstruction of Justice

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on April 1, 2019 18:24

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A Colorado attorney wants Congressman Schiff indicted because he believes: "If Schiff is telling the truth about his having concrete evidence supporting Trump collusion, then he is guilty of obstruction of justice for failing to make the Mueller investigation aware of it." But others doubt a successful prosecution is possible...

 

Colorado Attorney James R. Benson, a former Commerce City, Colorado Councilman, has called for the indictment of Adam Schiff for obstruction of justice. A practicing attorney for over 47 years, registered Democrat and Marine Corps veteran, Benson believes that by withholding evidence Schiff claims proves Russian collusion, he is guilty of a felony.

Schiff told CBS Face the Nation: "I think there is direct evidence in the emails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in writing as the Russian government effort to help elect Donald Trump." He added, "That to me is direct evidence...But there’s also abundant circumstantial evidence."

According to Benson, such public statements by Schiff would mean that he committed a federal crime, "since he had such knowledge and did not disclose it to Mueller . . ."

On the other hand, an experienced Washington attorney I asked about Benson's proposal said it is doubtful that any prosecution would be successful. He does not believe that Mueller asked Schiff for evidence, and said that Schiff was not obliged to turn over evidence without a request from the special prosecutor. Had Mueller asked for evidence and Schiff failed to comply, that would have been a clear case of obstruction. Therefore, it is doubtful that any prosecution of the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee could succeed.

"I bet Mueller was smart enough not to ask Schiff for anything," the experienced Washington hand told me.

While Benson thinks Schiff is guilty and that "Schiff, along with several other Democrats, belongs in jail," he hopes that if prosecution proves impossible, "the least he could do is resign as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and we can hope that he would resign his position in Congress altogether." 

My opinion is somewhere in the middle. While I doubt there could be a successful prosecution, I think it might be worth a try, just to find out in discovery what sorts of communication there might have been between Schiff's office and Mueller's operation.

You never know what you're going to find out--unless you try.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on April 1, 2019 18:24

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