House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts that regardless of the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, his committee would continue to investigate President Donald Trump.
When asked if he had proved the case that there was more than circumstantial evidence that the president had possibly personally colluded with Russians in the 2016 presidential election, Schiff outlined what he believed to be evidence that couldn’t have an “innocent” explanation.
“That’s a pretty blatant cover-up,” Schiff said, referencing the campaigns explanations for interactions with Russian entities. “And it’s often the cover-up that gets you into trouble.”
“When asked how he would delve into Mueller’s final report, Schiff said that, “We’re certainly considering whatever is necessary to make sure that this is not buried, that the public gets to see this report.
“And more than that that we have access in Congress to the underlying evidence. So yes we will subpoena if necessary. I will certainly recommend that we bring Bob Mueller in to testify that we take it to court if necessary.
“And I do want to make one further point and that is this: I fully concur with what the speaker said regarding impeachment. That, however, does not let the justice department off the hook.
“If the justice department takes the position that you can’t indict a sitting president but we’re not going to share the evidence with Congress that it would need to determine whether impeachment were warranted, that amounts to immunity for the president.
“And when the speaker says, the evidence is going to have to be clear and compelling, that doesn’t obviate the need for the justice department to present to Congress that evidence.
Schiff was then asked if the Mueller report does “not contain that compelling information” whether that “should be the end of this conversation about Russia?”
“It may be the end of the conversation about impeachment,” Schiff answered.
“If there is insufficient evidence in the Mueller report and we are not able to produce sufficient evidence in our own investigation that ends the inquiry, there may be grounds for removal from office, or there may be grounds for indictment after he leaves office that the Congress discovers.”