On Sunday, Fox News’ Chris Wallace slammed chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff asking the California Democrat about his claims to have seen proof of collusion between President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russia.
While he appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” Adam Schiff was pressed on his past claims of collusion evidence between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin, even though Special Counsel Mueller’s report “did not establish” any collusion.
When Rep. Schiff attempted to push back, Wallace illustrated his point with a compilation of clips from interviews in which he repeated his claim that he indeed had seen proof that Trump’s campaign had colluded with the Russian government, including one during which he said the evidence was “in plain sight.”
Adam Schiff responded by saying that it was a “different question” as to whether there was enough evidence that “rises to proof beyond a reasonable doubt” to establish there was “conspiracy” between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
“And indeed that distinction was made in the opening pages of the Mueller report. So, when the president and his allies repeat this mantra of ‘no collusion,’ they clearly haven’t read or [are] ignoring the plain language of the report, where Bob Mueller says two things.”
“He says, “We’re not going to look into the question of whether it’s collusion. That’s a common-laid term that can be criminal or non-criminal conduct. We’re going to look at the crime of conspiracy.’”
Rep. Schiff added that Robert Mueller echoed a point that he made, saying that “the fact that you may not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a criminal conspiracy doesn’t mean there’s an absence of evidence of crime.”
Schiff has faced criticism from many Republicans for his repeated claims of collusion. Every Republican on the House Intelligence Committee — including Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes, recently called on Schiff to resign from his post as committee chair.