‘We’re going to have to do our own investigation—and we are…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., suggested he will use his committee to continue to investigate—and possibly even prosecute—President Donald Trump for alleged collusion with Russia, even if special counsel Robert Mueller concludes that there was no criminal conspiracy.
In an interview with CNN, Schiff said his committee will continue its sweeping investigation into Trump’s financial transactions and his communications with Russia officials, regardless of Mueller’s conclusions.
“We’re going to have to do our own investigation—and we are,” Schiff said. “We’ll certainly be very interested to learn what Bob Mueller finds.”
However, as Mueller’s office itself recently pared expectations that its report would be the explosive, publicly released event built up in the media, Schiff—whom President Donald Trump has accused of being a notorious leaker of information—said he would insist on seeing the report.
“We may have to fight to get that information. Bill Barr has not been willing to commit to provide that report either to the Congress or to the American people,” Schiff said, referring to Trump’s newly confirmed attorney general. “We’re going to need to see it.”
Schiff said there is too much “evidence in plain sight” of collusion to give up the investigation, which he has sunk panel resources into expanding. His committee recently hired seven staffers to direct their energy to the investigation full-time, including a corruption expert and a former prosecutor.
“There may be, for example, evidence of collusion or conspiracy that is clear and convincing, but not proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” Schiff said. “The American people are entitled to know if there is evidence of a conspiracy between either the president or the president’s campaign and a foreign adversary.”
Some may read into that the promise of partisan innuendo leaking to the media regardless of its implications. Already, several debunked bombshells regarding the investigation have drawn criticism after they proved false or misleading
“At the end of the day, the most important thing for the American people to know is whether the president is somehow compromised, whether there’s a leverage the Russians could use over the president, and if the Russians are in a position to expose wrongdoing by the president or his campaign.”
When pressed, however, Schiff backtracked and said he would respect Mueller’s findings.
“You know, I will certainly accept them in this way. I have great confidence in the special counsel,” he said. “And if the special counsel represents that he has investigated and not been interfered with and not been able to make a criminal case, then I will believe that he is operating in good faith.”