- Brendan McDermid/Reuters
- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff delivered a roughly five-minute speech slamming President Donald Trump and Republicans after they called on him to resign.
- Schiff broke down what he said was “evidence of collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
- “You might say that’s all OK. You might say that’s just what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. And I think it is unpatriotic,” Schiff said.
After President Donald Trump and other Republicans called on him to resign, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Thursday slammed the president and his associates in a five-minute speech on Russia.
In his remarks, Schiff gave a rundown of what he said was “evidence of collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 election campaign.
The California lawmaker referenced Jared Kushner’s efforts to establish a back channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow, and the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer.
He also talked about accusations that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, offered internal polling data to a source tied to the Kremlin, among other allegations that have come up via the broader probe into Russian election interference.
“You might say that’s all OK. You might say that’s just what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. And I think it is unpatriotic,” Schiff said in an address to his colleagues.
“And yes, I think it is corrupt. And evidence of collusion,” Schiff added.
I say this to the President, and his defenders in Congress:
You may think it’s okay how Trump and his associates interacted with Russians during the campaign.
I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt. pic.twitter.com/nTdgRVfssQ
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 28, 2019
Earlier on Thursday, Trump tweeted, “Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!”
All nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee also signed a letter on Thursday calling for Schiff to resign.
Trump continued to go after Schiff during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday night.
“Little pencil-neck Adam Schiff,” Trump said. “He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen. He is not a long-ball hitter.”
Trump mocks Adam Schiff, calls him "pencil neck" pic.twitter.com/4PFGlGdMg6
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) March 28, 2019
This all comes less than a week after the special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on Russian election interference to Attorney General William Barr. According to a summary Barr subsequently gave to Congress, the special counsel did not reach the conclusion the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
Barr also said that while Mueller’s “report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the issue of obstruction of justice.
The attorney general then said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded Trump should not face an obstruction charge based on the evidence available.
Barr is now set to deliver the report to the White House for review before any of it is made public, which has prompted fears from Democrats that the president will exert executive privilege to hide any potentially damning details.
Congressional Democrats have consistently demanded the report be made public, and polling shows a majority of Americans, including Republican voters, would also like Mueller’s report to be made public.
Mueller’s final report was reportedly more than 300 pages, while Barr’s summary was just four pages, leading to many questions about what details it contains.