As the first open hearing into Russia’s interference in our election begins on Monday, Congressman Adam Schiff says “there is circumstantial evidence of collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
On Sunday morning the ranking Democrat on the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff, appeared on Meet the Press. And, despite what the Republicans keep saying, Schiff insists that there is both circumstantial evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and also direct evidence of deception.
Two weeks ago former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Meet the Press that while he was in charge of the intelligence agencies under President Obama, he didn’t see any evidence of collusion. Trump and the Republicans have been using Clapper’s statement to prove there was no wrongdoing ever since.
But drawing conclusions from Clapper’s statement is at best premature.
Schiff told Chuck Todd on Sunday,
“I was surprised to see Director Clapper say that because I don’t think you can make that claim categorically as he did. I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation: There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that’s where we begin the investigation.”
“There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation. The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.”
Schiff also commented on Trump’s lie about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign. He said that James Comey should put an end to this conspiracy theory on Monday when he testifies before the House Intel Committee.
“I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false, and the wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our German allies,” Schiff added. “It’s continuing to grow in terms of damage and he needs to put an end to this.”