Top Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that there was “ample evidence collusion in plain sight” after being asked by the host whether he thinks special counsel Robert “Mueller got it wrong” when he came to the opposite conclusion in his report into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Kremlin officials.
“You’ve been criticized a great deal for saying that you still see ‘evidence of collusion,’ even though according to Attorney General [William] Barr, the Mueller report says ‘the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russian government in its election interference activities,’” Tapper said, before asking Schiff whether he’s “saying that Mueller got it wrong?”
“No,” Schiff clarified, before explaining that “what I’ve said on your show and others for over a year now is that, yes, there’s 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 to Bob Mueller’s judgment and I do.”
“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,” Schiff added.
The Democrat went on to criticize Republicans Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, and Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for displaying “an attitude that ethics don’t matter” and “if there’s no crime, there’s no foul.”
“I think if we get to that point in this country, then we are in a very desperate situation,” Schiff said.
Later in the segment, Tapper asked Schiff to clarify his position on collusion in light of Mueller’s findings.
“There is a standard that Mueller has. And then you have a different standard. And maybe people got confused, and maybe Democrats got their hopes up,” the host noted.
Schiff responded: “The Republicans seem to think that, as long as you can’t prove it’s a crime, then all is fair love and war, that it’s all OK, what the Trump administration, the Trump campaign does. I don’t feel that way. I don’t think most Americans feel that way.”
If we’re changing the standards for what constitutes a ‘crime’ in the eyes of congressional democrats, WIBC host Tony Katz says it’s time for Adam Schiff to look into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“You had the Secretary of State with a server in her home, purposefully created to get around government oversight, where she was sending out classified information to people who were not allowed to receive classified information – including Anthony Weiner – and she didn’t even know that the “C” on her paperwork meant ‘classified.’”
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