The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, said on Sunday that there’s “direct evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and he won’t let up on investigating Trump’s finances.The president has continued to make intense objections.
“I think there is direct evidence in the e-mails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in writing as the Russian government effort to help elect Donald Trump,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“They offer that dirt. There is an acceptance of that offer in writing from the president’s son Don Jr. and there is overt acts in furtherance of that.”
Schiff also cited “circumstantial evidence” of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sharing internal polling data with “someone linked to the Russian intelligence services.”
President Trump lashed out at Schiff on Saturday during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference conference as “little shifty Schiff.”
“There’s no collusion, so now they go and morph into ‘let’s inspect every deal he’s ever done,’” Trump said. Trump also criticized the Russia probe as “bull—-.” “These people are sick.”
Schiff revealed that his committee is “looking at persistent allegations that the Russians have been laundering money through the Trump Organization.” But he also admitted he didn’t know whether those claims were true.
That investigation will include talking to banks that have done business with Trump as well as “accountants, the chief financial officers for the Trump Organization and others who would have information about the Moscow Trump Tower deal,” Schiff said.
The battle between House Democrats and Trump comes in the wake of a long testimony by former Trump lawyer and fixe, Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill last week.
Cohen said the president paid him hush money to cover up alleged affairs, routinely inflated and deflated his assets for tax and financial gain and is involved in more criminal activity under investigation by the Southern District of New York. The former lawyer continues his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week.
Republicans maintain that Cohen’s testimony is more lies from someone who is going to prison for lying to Congress.
GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy challenged Schiff to recuse himself from the investigation for contacts with Cohen, a claim Schiff brushed off as “pretty frivolous.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said despite Cohen’s testimony, there’s still “zero evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.
“I don’t think the president’s lied about Russia at all,” Jordan told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
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