Adam Schiff: Trump could 'face the real prospect of jail time'

Donald Trump made illegal payments to two women before 2016 US elections, say prosecutors

Prosecutors: Illegal hush-money paid at Trump's 'direction'

Federal prosecutors in NY have implicated Trump in a scheme to silence women who alleged that they had extramarital affairs with him before he became president, ABC News reported.

He was referring to prosecutors' unproven allegations that Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to engage in campaign finance violations.

Dean's comments, made during CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront segment, follow the release of a legal memo from federal prosecutors in NY regarding Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Schiff (D-Calif.) said recent memos released by the Southern District of NY and the Mueller team appear to link the president to potential crimes including campaign finance violations.

Cohen arranged for a $130,000 payment to Daniels, which prosecutors say violated campaign finance law prohibitions against donations of more than $2,700 in a general election.

The women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, claimed they had had affairs with the President.

Trump has denied he had sex with the women as well as denying any payoff. "In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1".

Cohen also said he, "continued to work on the project and discuss it with Individual 1 well into the campaign".

"I imagine that he was one of the people that was attempting to convince the president not to fire Mueller", said Murphy of CT. Mueller keeps finding new instances of Trump associates lying about their contacts with Russian Federation during an election the Kremlin worked to sway in the Republican's favor. He and other lawmakers said Sunday they would need to await findings from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

"The bigger pardon question may come down the road, as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump".

But Mr Murphy then emphasized the seriousness of the allegations levelled Friday by Mr Mueller and separately by federal prosecutors in NY.

Mr Mueller said Cohen had gone to "significant lengths to assist the Special Counsel's investigation".

"It's clear that Trump is the target and that he'll be indicted eventually", McCarthy said, before Fox News host Ed Henry responded: "That kind of stops me in my tracks".

Trump said the filings did not prove any collusion with Russian Federation and called for an end to the investigation. He has previously indicated his panel would seek to look into the Trump family's business ties with Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, defended Trump in a separate appearance on "Meet the Press" in which he played down the alleged campaign finance violations, saying that such mistakes have been "over-criminalized". In a heavily redacted sentencing memo filed on Tuesday, Mueller recommended no prison time for Flynn after he provided "substantial" assistance in several ongoing investigations, including at least one criminal probe, according to the Washington Post.

Cohen will be sentenced in NY this week for the campaign finance felonies.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" o Sunday that Trump "may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time".

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