House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he does not know how Special Counsel Robert Mueller was unable to find enough evidence to convict President Trump for collusion or obstruction charges.
According to Schiff, as the Washington Times reports, there is “ample” evidence “in plain sight” of collusion.
“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,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” per the report.
He continued: “I don’t regret calling out this president for what I consider deeply unethical and improper conduct, not a bit. I think the moment that we start to think that we should back away from exposing this kind of malfeasance and corruption is a dangerous point.”
“The Republicans seem to think that as long as you can’t prove it’s a crime, then all is fair in love and war, that it’s all okay, what the Trump administration, the Trump campaign does,” Schiff said, via CNN. “I don’t feel that way. I don’t think most Americans feel that way.”
“I think 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,” the California Democrat said.
In Sunday’s interview, Schiff defended his comments, saying his accusations against Trump were all incidents that were “in plain sight,” including Trump’s public call during the 2016 campaign for Russia to “hack Hillary’s emails” and Donald Trump Jr.’s email exchange ahead of a meeting with a Russian attorney.
Schiff said he deferred to Mueller on the question of criminal conspiracy with Russia, but that his standard for his committee’s investigation was not the same.
House Democrats have called for the full release of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, and last week the House Judiciary Committee authorized a subpoena to obtain it.
Schiff allowed on Sunday that there could be certain classified information in the report “that may need to be close-hold, depending on whether that reveals sources and methods,” but that there may be other portions that, if classified, could be “declassified in the public interest.”
As Mediaite reports, CNN’s Jake Tapper also asked Schiff about the rise of anti-Semitism in the Democrat Party and across the country:
Tapper asked if Schiff was “concerned at all about some of the rhetoric that has been expressed by Democratic members of Congress and their support for the BDS movement to boycott Israel? Does this not concern you at all?”
BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, a global movement promoting various forms of boycott against Israel.
“I certainly don’t support the BDS movement,” Schiff said. “And, yes, there are isolated comments by members of our caucus that I have strongly condemned as being anti-Semitic.”
“But it’s one thing when you have a few members who make comments, and it’s another when the president of the United States makes comments like he did in Charlottesville or about Charlottesville,” Schiff concluded. “There’s quite a difference. I’m very proud of our leadership and its condemnation of anti- Semitism. We will continue to speak out. We will continue to take action to try to combat this scourge. But I don’t think the president is helping by trying to divide us this way.”
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