Top Intel Dem: Russia meeting is “clear evidence” of collusion, path to “serious crime”
Rep. Adam Schiff told ABC News that the meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives was "about as clear of evidence you could find" of their intention to collude with Russia and potentially manipulate our election.
In a damning assessment, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that the clandestine Trump Tower meeting between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and Russian operatives demonstrates “about as clear of evidence you could find of intent by the campaign to collude with the Russians.”
He added that, if the Trump team offered to trade campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton for Russian sanctions relief, it would be a “serious crime.”
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In his appearance on ABC’s This Week, Schiff walked host Jonathan Karl through the issue, pointing out that Trump privately and publicly requested “dirt” on Clinton from Russians, and that if they did so to relieve sanctions, the exchange would be evidence of criminal activity.
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The Trump administration is now actively involved in an effort to weaken the sanctions imposed on Russia for their election interference, echoing the outcome of the scenario discussed by Schiff.
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Devastating polling shows that 63 percent of Americans believe it was inappropriate for the Trump campaign to meet with the Russians.
6 in 10 believe Russia was trying to influence the presidential campaign, and 67 percent believe the Trump campaign was in on that effort.