Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) weighed in on the Paul Manafort conviction and Michael Cohen plea this week, saying President Donald Trump would have been indicted if he were not the president of the United States.
“As a former prosecutor, I don’t see how you can separate Michael Cohen’s allocution and what he pled to and the person who directed and cooperated with Michael Cohen. I believe that if Donald Trump was not the president of the United States, he also would have been indicted earlier this week,” Swalwell told host Rachel Maddow.
He continued, “[A]lso there’s a theory in the law called corpus delicti, which is that you can’t just take a guilty plea from a defendant unless there is some other evidence. You can’t only rely on that defendant’s confession. So that means that the prosecutors had other evidence. And we’re seeing that now with Mr. Pecker’s evidence. And I think a lot of people are now asking how big is that safe, you know, what’s in that safe and how do we crack it so that we know just what else is out there?”
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