On Thursday, House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that President Donald Trump behaves like a “mafia don” during an interview with CNN reporter Manu Raju.
Schiff said that Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen revealed information about the president abusing his pardon power during a two days of closed-door testimony.
“I asked him about the lie allegedly Michael Cohen made to the House Oversight Committee,” Raju told CNN host Wolf Blitzer. “He did not want to pass judgment. He will wait until the testimony comes out. He raised significant concerns about what he says are ‘deeply concerning information’ that he learned from Michael Cohen in the two days of testimony. He is raising concerns about the talk about pardons and the president’s dangling of pardons that allegedly occurred.”
Schiff explained that Trump convinces members of his team to perform criminal conduct with an empty promise of pardoning them.
“We have had a deep concern for some time over the president dangling pardons as a way of encouraging people to fall in line,” Schiff said.
“By promising them there’s relief on the way if you stay with team Trump. And conversely, going after people who decide to cooperate. Whether it’s praising Paul Manafort for essentially reneging on a cooperation agreement or not talking, condemning others as rats, the president is behaving like a mafia don,” he said.
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