Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has had enough of Republicans continuing to deflect from the facts and continue to push a conspiracy theory about “spying” on the Trump 2016 presidential campaign. Instead of allusions to some perceived crime in the nation’s top law enforcement agency investigating reports from foreign governments about Russia’s courting of the Trump campaign in order to install the candidate they wanted in the White House, Schiff is ready to deal with the very real crimes and ethical violations that have been committed by the president.
— Half Full (@Rkstevens4) June 12, 2019
Digging in his heels, Schiff said that he will continue to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign as well as the cooperation efforts made toward members of Trump’s campaign. Schiff reminded his colleagues, including the Republicans who either haven’t read the report or pretend to not have read it, that “no collusion, no obstruction” appears nowhere in the more than 400 pages submitted by Mueller’s investigative team.
ABC News reports that:
‘House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says his panel is “determined to find out” more about Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the U.S. is still vulnerable.
‘The California Democrat has opened a hearing on contacts between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia in an effort to keep public focus on special counsel Robert Mueller’s (MUHL’-urz) report.’
Inbox: House Intelligence Committee requests documents and interviews regarding White House efforts to suppress climate change testimony.
Schiff wants testimony and all relevant communications with the White House no later than June 21.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 11, 2019
Collusion was a key word in Schiff’s opening statements. There is no legal term called “collusion,” so insisting that no collusion was found is as useless as taking the stance that Trump is innocent of any other act that doesn’t constitute a crime. However, his campaign did have knowledge of planned interference by Russia and failed to report it and, instead, sat back and reaped the benefits of Russia’s criminal hacking of the DNC email servers.
‘Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy but did detail a series of interactions and outreach between the campaign and Russia.
‘Schiff says the report didn’t find that there was no collusion, just that there was no evidence of a crime.’
SCHIFF says he’s “running out of patience” with the FBI refusing to discuss status of Russia counterintelligence probe. Says a subpoena could be issued soon.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 12, 2019
During his opening speech, Schiff reminded members of Congress that the Mueller report is the main concern, but it’s also not the only one. Violations of the emoluments clause, obvious conflicts of business interests, and defrauding the American public are acts for which Congress must also provide oversight.
‘Here is what we know: The President sought to make money from a foreign power during his campaign. So did some of his children. So did his campaign manager and his deputy campaign manager. So did his personal lawyer … All of their actions are deeply compromising.’
Schiff: "Here is what we know: The President sought to make money from a foreign power during his campaign. So did some of his children. So did his campaign manager and his deputy campaign manager. So did his personal lawyer … All of their actions are deeply compromising."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 12, 2019
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