WASHINGTON – Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday there’s “direct evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and he won’t let up on digging into Trump’s finances despite the president’s heated objections.
“I think there is direct evidence in the e-mails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in writing as the Russian government effort to help elect Donald Trump,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“They offer that dirt. There is an acceptance of that offer in writing from the president’s son Don Jr. and there is overt acts in furtherance of that.”
Schiff also cited “circumstantial evidence” of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sharing internal polling data with “someone linked to the Russian intelligence services.”
Trump blasted Schiff on Saturday during a free-wielding speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference conference as “little shifty Schiff.”
“There’s no collusion, so now they go and morph into ‘let’s inspect every deal he’s ever done,’” Trump said, also blasting the Russia probe as “bull—-.” “These people are sick.”
Schiff confirmed his committee is “looking at persistent allegations that the Russians have been laundering money through the Trump Organization” – though he admitted he didn’t know whether those claims were true.
That probe will include talking to banks that have done business with Trump as well as “accountants, the chief financial officers for the Trump Organization and others who would have information about the Moscow Trump Tower deal,” Schiff said.
The face-off between House Democrats and Trump comes after marathon testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill last week.
He said the president paid him hush money to cover up alleged affairs, routinely inflated and deflated his assets for tax and financial gain and is involved in more criminal activity under investigation by the Southern District of New York.
Cohen continues his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week.
Republicans have downplayed Cohen’s testimony as more lies from someone who is going to prison for lying to Congress.
GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy even called for Schiff to recuse himself from the investigation for contacts with Cohen, a claim Schiff brushed off as “pretty frivolous.”
Also Sunday, Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said despite Cohen’s tell-all testimony, there’s still “zero evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.
“I don’t think the president’s lied about Russia at all,” Jordan told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”