House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) doubled down on his narrative of collusion between President Donald Trump and the Russian government again on Sunday, restating his previous claims that evidence was “in plain sight.”
While appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, Schiff — the California Democrat who serves as the head of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence — echoed his previous claims of collusion, saying there was “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight” between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government but would “defer to [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller’s judgment.”
“What I’ve said on your show and others, Jake, for over a year now is that yes; there is ample evidence of collusion in plain sight, but that is not the same thing as proof of a criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt. And I would defer that to Bob Mueller’s judgment, and I do.”
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House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff says he still sees evidence of collusion: “What we’re talking about here is the difference between conduct that rises to the level of criminality and conduct that is deeply unethical, unpatriotic and corrupt that may not be criminal.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/WErsG7vhxb
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 7, 2019
Schiff continued on to say that he believed there was a “difference between conduct that rises to the level of criminality and conduct that is deeply unethical, unpatriotic, and corrupt that may not be criminal.”
He then attacked acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, House Intelligence Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as having “an attitude that ethics don’t matter.”
“If there’s no crime, there’s no foul,” added Schiff. “And I think if we get to that point in this country, then we are in a very desperate situation.”
Schiff was recently called on to resign by every Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee, including Nunes during a hearing on Russian election interference, as IJR Red previously reported.
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — who also served on the House Intelligence Committee during his tenure in Congress — slammed Schiff as “deeply partisan” during an interview with Fox News and that he had never seen the committee “ask a chairperson to step down” during his eight years in office.