Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas predicted on April 4 that associates of President Donald Trump would go to jail because of possible collusion between Trump's people and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election (video below).
On April 4, CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, if he had seen any "hard evidence of collusion."
"My impression is, I wouldn’t be surprised, after all of this is said and done, that some people end up in jail," Castro replied.
Castro has access to more classified intelligence material than most lawmakers because he sits on the intelligence committee. However, he wasn't able to share his information on the air.
When Blitzer asked Castro to elaborate, he said: "I wish I could, but I can't at this time."
"But at this point, you're confident that at least some Trump associates will wind up in jail?" Blitzer asked.
"If I was betting, I would say, 'Yes,'" Castro answered.
Blitzer then asked if his assumption included Trump associates who are currently working in the administration or people who worked with or advised the president during the campaign and the transition.
Castro replied: "As you can imagine, Wolf, I’ll have to comment on that later. But again, if somebody asked me my impression, my impression is that people will probably be charged and I think people will probably go to jail."
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the highest ranking Democrat on the committee, told Blitzer on the same day that he (Schiff) and Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the committee chairman, are close to agreeing on a witness list:
We certainly made a lot of progress. We've exchanged witness lists. I think we're near agreement on bringing in both the witnesses that we want and the witnesses Nunes wants.
Prior to doing that, we need to get the documents from these witnesses so that we'll understand what questions we want to ask. Obviously some of these folks we may only get one crack at.
CNN notes that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, ex-Trump adviser Carter Page and ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone have offered to speak to House and Senate investigators, however, Flynn's lawyer has said that his client wants immunity before doing so.
According to Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, the committee has already started to interview witnesses for its Russia-Trump probe.