On Monday morning, FBI director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), didn’t mince words at the beginning of the hearing when he asked Comey whether the numerous connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia are all coincidental.
Schiff first listed several of the connections that have been made thus far, including the meetings both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and the fact that former foreign policy adviser Carter Page benefited from a deal with a Russian gas company. Schiff also addressed the hacking of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the theft of documents by Russia that would be “hurtful” to Clinton.
After naming some of the known links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, Schiff went on to ask an important question about them:
‘Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence?’
Schiff then answered his own question, saying that, “Yes, it is possible.”
He added, though, that it seems “more than possible” that all of these issues are related.
‘But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected, and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don’t know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out.’
Rep. Schiff made headlines yesterday when, during an interview with Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press,” he revealed that there is “circumstantial evidence of collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
‘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.’
Watch Rep. Schiff’s latest remarks in the video below, via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.