Schiff Outlines Most Compelling Narrative Of Trump-Russia Collusion Thus Far

Schiff told Republicans that although Mueller didn't find a criminal conspiracy, the Trump Campaign's contacts with Russia were "unpatriotic" and "corrupt."
Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., joined at the right by the ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., talk to reporters about their investigation Russian influence on the American presidential election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March, 15, 2017 - Nunes was chairman at the time this photo was taken, so the caption reflects their post-midterm titles (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., joined at the right by the ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., talk to reporters about their investigation Russian influence on the American presidential election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March, 15, 2017 – Nunes was chairman at the time this photo was taken, so the caption reflects their post-midterm titles (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee called on Chairman Adam Schiff to resign, he gave a passionate speech. Schiff touched on the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafrot where they sought dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russian operatives. From there, he laid out all of the most significant evidence of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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After outlining the evidence in the most compelling narrative weaved by a lawmaker thus far, Schiff said to his Republican colleagues:

“You might say that’s all ok. You might say that’s just what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s ok. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion. Now, I have always said the question of whether this amounts to proof of conspiracy was another matter… but I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is ok and the day we do think that’s ok is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way.”

While we await the release of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, The New York Times has reported that it is 300 pages long – which means Attorney General William Barr allegedly reviewed 300 pages, hundreds of thousands of documents, and a significant amount of data in two days and then cleared the president of obstruction justice. A reminder that Mueller did not claim there was no evidence of collusion, he said there wasn’t a criminal conspiracy.

You can watch the clips of Schiff’s speech below.

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