The Democratic ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff of California told CNN’s Jake Tapper that there’s still no definitive evidence that there was any collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
“Can you say definitively that there was collusion, that there were people affiliated with the Trump campaign who were working with Russians to time the release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton that had been hacked, either from John Podesta or the DNC?” Tapper asked Schiff.
“I don’t think we can say anything definitively at this point,” Schiff answered. “We are still at the very early stages of the investigation. The only thing I can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this.”
“We really need to find out exactly what the Russians did. Because one of the most important conclusions that the intelligence community reached is that they are going to do this again to the United States. They are doing it already in Europe,” he said. “So we can say conclusively this is something that needs to be thoroughly investigated but it’s way premature to be reaching conclusions.”
That certainly is a far cry from the narratives we’re getting from most of the media these days. They act like it’s self-evident that Russia stole the election for Trump. And yet, here we are just a few weeks shy of Trump’s 100-day milestone, and you’d think they’d have something by now, but they have nothing to show for their narrative.
They get on to Trump for making an unsubstantiated claim on March 4th about the previous administration surveilling Trump Tower before the election. But it’s turning out that his tweet has more evidence supporting it – at least in broad surveillance terms – than the Democrats have for their Russian collusion story.
Schiff had apparently visited the White House and reviewed the same documents that Devin Nunes saw, and now he’s not so gung ho about trash-talking Republicans about surveillance and leak allegations. He told Tapper in the same interview that he “can’t say whether anything was masked or unmasked properly.”
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