Chris Wallace challenges Adam Schiff on Trump-Russia collusion ‘in plain sight’ claim – Washington Examiner
Fox News host Chris Wallace skewered House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Sunday over his insistence that there is clear evidence President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.
During a segment of “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace played Schiff a series of TV interview clips in which he made that and similar claims before the anchor reminded the lawmaker that special counsel Robert Mueller failed to find “the kind of coordination” he claims took place.
“Chris, as you know, and I wish you had played the rest of some of those clips, I went on to say that whether that collusion, that evidence of collusion rises to prove beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of conspiracy was a different question,” Schiff said. “And on that issue, Bob Mueller says something else that I’ve been saying frequently, which is the fact that you may not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a criminal conspiracy doesn’t mean there is an absence of evidence of crime.”
As an example, Schiff cited the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top Trump campaign officials and a Kremlin-linked lawyer.
“When I talked about evidence of collusion in plain sight, I used those words ‘in plain sight’ and I pointed to the meetings in Trump Tower that Don Jr. and Kushner and Paul Manafort took,” he said, referring to the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his former campaign chairman. “What more clear intent to collude could you have than the Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what was described as an effort to help Mr. Trump in the campaign and Don Jr. saying if it’s what you say, I would love it?”
Schiff also left the door open for Democrats to pursue impeachment proceedings against Trump, but said his party may decide the country would be better off with oversight being conducted through a series of hearings before any action is taken.