The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is considering issuing a “criminal referral” of one or more witnesses for potentially committing perjury while testifying behind closed doors,” Mother Jones reported Friday.
“We’re gonna be going through the transcripts and analyzing them for any concerns we have with the greater body of information we have,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) revealed. “We’ll discuss it with the majority and ask whether they’ll join us in a referral, or, if we think one is warranted, then we reserve the right to make a referral even if they don’t.”
A source “close to the committee” told Mother Jones that such criminal referrals could be directed to the Department of Justice and/or special counsel Robert Mueller.
Concerns of perjury are said to involve three witnesses interviewed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, mercenary mogul Erik Prince and longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone.
Minority Democrats are unable to issue charges themselves, and criminal referrals can be made by any individual. But Schiff revealed in the interview that they are looking how false testimony before Congress fits into the larger picture of the multiple investigations into Trump.
Schiff said he was “not sure that any referral is necessary” in the cases of Page and Prince, since their testimony has already been made public — meaning special counsel Mueller already has access to the transcripts.
Stone’s testimony has not been made public, putting him at the top of the list. And the list may grow.
“As additional things come to light, if there are reports of witnesses saying things that are inconsistent with what has been said to the committee, that list could grow,” Schiff warned.