A Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that associates of Donald Trump will “probably go to jail” over their connections to the Russian government.
Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro made the explosive claim in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, though he declined to give specifics about why he believes jail time is in the offing for Trump advisers.
“There’s…quite a lot of smoke, the investigation is to determine if there’s a fire or not,” Castro said of the investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government operatives.
“I would say this, that my impression is I wouldn’t be surprised after all of this is said and done, that some people end up in jail,” said Castro.
Asked by Blitzer if he was implying that multiple Trump advisers will wind up in the slammer, he said: “That’s my impression, yes.”
The FBI is said to be investigating the activities of former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Carter Page and Michael Flynn. All have denied coordinating with the Russian government to influence the election.
So far, no Democrats have produced evidence of collusion between the Trump team and Kremlin. Obama administration intelligence officials, including James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said last month that he saw no evidence of collusion up through the end of his term on Jan. 20.