Adam Schiff: Trump ‘Is Going to Descend into Further Madness’
'He has nothing but disdain for the institutions of our democracy'
Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff said President Donald Trump is "going to descend in further madness,” expressing concern about post-presidency “personal liability.”
During an interview with CNN, Schiff was asked about reports of Trump mulling the possibility of declaring martial law.
Schiff said: “This is exactly who Donald Trump is."
"He would like to be an autocrat."
"He has nothing but disdain for the institutions of our democracy," Schiff said.
"And if he can stay in power by cheating or lying, or stealing, he’ll do it."
"He is going to fail at it," Schiff added.
"But the fact that he is entertaining this assortment of various morally challenged people in the Oval Office suggesting martial law or seizing voting machines is deeply damaging towards our democracy.”
“This is exactly who Donald Trump is. He would like to be an autocrat. He has nothing but disdain for the institutions of our democracy,” Rep. Adam Schiff says on martial law being discussed in an Oval Office meeting. https://t.co/kAQxRba1BX pic.twitter.com/CMLBQ4FoXk— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) December 22, 2020
Anchor John Berman asked:
“What are the guard rails for the next 30 days?”
“I think we can expect the president is going to descend in further madness as he exits the Oval Office and is worrying about his own personal liability and his financial debt and everything else."
"In terms of the guard rails, they’re the same guard rails ultimately that we always had, the people of the government."
"Will they stand up to him? Some will and some have, and all too many capitulated.”
On Monday, Schiff attacked Trump's legal challenges to the presidential race, accusing the president of having "no moral compass."
What there is a chance of, is if the president essentially urges his supporters to descend on the Congress on January 6th that it could cause civil disturbances," the anti-Trump Democrat added.
"What’s more, the fact of challenging the result in Congress will fail, but it will do another body blow to our democracy."
"The fact that they’re entertaining this is so beyond the pale."
"But, again, this is a man who has no moral compass."