Schiff: Congress Would Take a Look at Mueller's Evidence 'if Necessary'

Lamar Ellis
March 14, 2019

Schiff said he believes there is both "direct and circumstantial evidence" of collusion between the President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, and "whether that evidence amounts to beyond a reasonable doubt of criminal conspiracy, we have to wait for Bob Mueller on that".

After months of expressing certainty over a Trump impeachment-and even an indictment that would land the ex-president in prison-Schiff's softening of his stance could be the latest indicator that Democrats are expecting the findings of Special Counselor Robert Mueller to be underwhelming and anticlimactic. He has promised members of Congress to send his own "report" on Mueller's investigation to lawmakers, but it's unclear what that will contain. "There may be grounds for removal from office or there may be grounds for indictment after he leaves office that the Congress discovers".

Schiff based his opinion on revelations from Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen, who accused Trump, "Individual-1", of directing him to violate campaign finance laws in the weeks before the 2016 election.

"One of the issues that we are looking at, which the Mueller report may not cover, is whether the Russians were laundering money through the Trump Organization", he continued.

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"Our predominant concern on my committee is, was this president, is this president, compromised by a foreign power", Schiff said during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

At the same time, Schiff, a senior California Democrat, stood behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statement that she is "not for" impeaching Trump. "And here you need to be able to ask follow-up questions in real time", he said. "After all, he has said, 'It's not like I'm talking before a magistrate.' Well, maybe he should talk before a magistrate", Schiff told NBC's "Meet the Press."

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from MI, said this week that she planned to move forward with introducing a House resolution to "begin investigating the impeachable offenses" of the president, despite Pelosi's position. "It means we're beginning the process to look at some of these alleged claims of impeachable offenses".

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