House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told CNN on Monday evening that evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government was “in plain sight” despite special counsel Robert Mueller’s report finding no such proof.
Doubling down on his repeated claims of collusion, Schiff — the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee — said he still believed that “evidence is in plain sight” regarding the allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.
“There was a big difference between whether there was evidence of collusion — and I think that evidence is in plain sight — and whether you can establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy,” Schiff said.
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Asked Schiff tonight if he would drop his probe after Mueller didn't find a Trump-Russia conspiracy, and he said: "Our investigation has always focused on counterintelligence issues, that is, is the president or anyone around him compromised in some way. That work has to go on." pic.twitter.com/JIEKIgveX3
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Schiff then went after Attorney General William Barr, who delivered the key findings of the Mueller report in a letter to Congress on Sunday:
“You have [an] attorney general who applied for the job by talking down any potential obstruction conviction or indictment who then went to a Senate confirmation and refused to recuse himself.
I don’t think under those circumstances he should ever have been confirmed. But he has now done the job he applied for, which is attempt to exonerate Mr. Trump.”
The California Democrat has come under fire recently after Barr handed Mueller’s key findings from his investigation over to Congress, which found that the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russians to influence the election.
Many Republicans have called for Schiff to resign as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, including counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the latter of whom said Schiff “owes the American public an apology,” as IJR Red previously reported.
A Republican member of the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), has also called on Schiff to resign from his chair, saying that Schiff’s “leadership is compromised.”
Turner continued on to say that Schiff changed “the committee from its focus, which is protecting our national security and intelligence community to a vendetta against [the president’s] family and even the Trump campaign.”