Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a member of the Jan. 6 committee, told CNN that the evidence that the committee unveiled today shows directly that former President Donald Trump raised money for purposes that were much different than he and his campaign claimed there were going to be used for.
“I think it's a very important part of the story, which is, there was the motivation to try to overturn the election, when he lost it when he knew he lost it, totally lost it. But they still wanted to raise money from it. And they told people this big lie, and they asked him for their money. They said they needed it for their election, Defense Fund, and there was no election Defense Fund. So it just shows more of the corruption of that whole effort," he said.
Schiff said Trump’s peddling of election lies around the 2020 presidential results was also corrupt, but added that it was not for him to say that it was a crime.
“That'll be up for the Justice Department to decide. But I think that the Justice Department needs to investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity, whether it's by a former president or by anyone else,” he said.