WASHINGTON — Two Democratic members of the House intelligence committee said Tuesday they expect members President Donald Trump’s inner circle will end up in jail as a result of the probe into whether his team colluded with Russia.
“I guess 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,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Asked by Blitzer to elaborate, Castro declined. And while he said the extent of the alleged collusion is “yet to be determined,” his “impression” was that criminal charges and jail time would be the outcome of the investigation.
“If I was betting, I would say ‘yes,’” he said of Trump associates going to jail.
“My impression is that people will probably be charged, and I think people will probably go to jail,” he added.
In an interview late Tuesday with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), also a member of the House intelligence committee, took things one step further, saying, “I will be surprised if people don’t end up going to jail.”
Both Congress and the FBI are investigating possible ties between Trump’s associates and Russian government officials. Trump and his team have denied any wrongdoing, with the president taking to Twitter over the weekend to call the story “phony” and a “total scam.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the House intelligence committee’s top Democrat, said last month there’s “more than circumstantial evidence” indicating collusion between Russian government officials and Trump associates.