(National Sentinel) ‘Intelligence’ Committee: The minority ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has finally conceded that the panel he co-chairs has seen no evidence at all that the Trump campaign “colluded” with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
During an appearance on ABC‘s “The View,” Schiff was questioned about his long-running claims that there is evidence of Trump-Russia collusion by one of the program’s co-hosts, Megan McCain, daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain.
Under direct assault, Schiff was forced to admit that the committee has yet to uncover any proof or evidence said collusion took place.
As reported by The Federalist:
Rep. Adam Schiff conceded Thursday there is still no evidence President Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to win the election, and made a point of distancing himself from any charges of treason against the president.
Schiff has been driving the Trump-Russia collusion narrative on behalf of his party for months from his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, claiming recently he has seen “more than circumstantial” evidence of collusion. But he offered nothing substantial to back up his claim when pressed on “The View” to get specific, and acknowledged hard proof of collusion may never materialize, even after an intensive and months-long investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I’ve never used the word treason,” said Schiff after ticking of a number of what he called “damning” pieces of evidence that amount to no more than efforts by Russian operatives to contact the Trump campaign.
“Is it enough for Mueller to bring charges?” host Meghan McCain asked Schiff. “Because if it isn’t enough for Mueller to bring charges, what does that mean? Charges of collusion.”
Schiff responded by saying it wasn’t his job to bring charges but to provide a narrative to the American people — which he has done in the form of claims of collusion that, thus far, neither his committee or others throughout Congress has been able to prove.
“Bob Mueller will make the decision whether there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt to indict and convict people,” said Schiff.
“It is not his responsibility to tell the country what happened, and indeed there’s no guarantee that the country will ever learn what Bob Mueller finds apart from an indictment,” he continued.
“It’s the job of the Congress to tell the American people what happened, whether it reaches the standard beyond a reasonable doubt or we merely find clear and convincing evidence of collusion.”
Noted The Federalist:
Translation: If Mueller can’t turn up hard evidence to indict someone, Democrats in Congress will have to rely on a much softer standard of evidence to persuade the public that collusion happened.
“I just think if Mueller doesn’t end up charging him, it’s a lot of smoke and mirrors,” McCain said.
Schiff has been accused of leaking information regarding the Intelligence Committee’s investigation throughout its Trump-Russia collusion probe.
Trump assistant Dan Scavino has also intimated that Schiff has leaked politically advantageous information to the media.
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