ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump could face impeachment and jail time if hush money payments reported by his former lawyer are proven to be campaign finance violations, Democratic lawmakers said on Sunday.
Court filings on Friday in cases that stemmed from a federal probe into Russian activities during the 2016 presidential election pointed to potential problem areas for Trump, including whether he instructed six-figure payments to two women during the campaign to keep quiet about affairs.
Federal prosecutors sought prison time for longtime Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen for paying off an adult film star and a former Playboy model at Trump's behest, evading taxes and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Organization building in Moscow.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday that Cohen has lied repeatedly and that the filing was insignificant.
Representative Adam Schiff, the Democrat who will lead the House Intelligence Committee next year, said the end of the Mueller probe could be the beginning of bigger problems for Trump.
"There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," Schiff told CBS' "Face the Nation." Legal experts are divided over whether a sitting president can be charged with a crime, as well as on whether a violation of campaign finance law would be an impeachable offense.