Thursday on 'The View,' co-host Meghan McCain challenged Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, to provide evidence for the Trump-Russia collusion allegation. Schiff did not provide any new information but explained that the already public allegations are "pretty damning."
McCain asked: "Is there enough [evidence] for Mueller to bring charges? Because if it isn't enough for Mueller to bring charges, what does that mean?"
"I've certainly said that there is ample evidence of collusion," Schiff replied before listing the evidence. "But I never used the word treason, only Steve Bannon has used that word."
Schiff also explained that whether Mueller brings charges or not, "it is the job of the Congress" to tell people what happened between Russia and the Trump campaign.
"Indeed there is no guarantee that the country will ever learn what Bob Mueller finds, apart from an indictment," Schiff said. "It is the job of the Congress to tell the American people what happened. Whether it reaches the standard beyond the reasonable doubt, or whether we merely find clear and convincing evidence of collusion."
MEGHAN MCCAIN, 'THE VIEW': I think at this point in time it’s really difficult for me and many Americans to differentiate between what is over-hyped and what is not. You’ve said on more than one occasion that you’ve seen ‘ample evidence’ of the Trump campaign’s Russia collusion. Last March you said you have more than circumstantial evidence of treasonous collusion with Russia.
What specifically were you referring to? And please be specific because if it’s true I do believe Americans have the right to know a year later what that is.
REP. ADAM SCHIFF: I've certainly said that there is ample evidence of collusion. But I never used the word "treason," only Steve Bannon has used that word.
But, if you look at the facts that are already int he public domain, they are pretty damning. Starting with what we now know about George Papadapolous --one of the few foreign policy advisors on the campaign. We now know that Papadapolous was approached by the Russians, and told back in April of the election year, even before the Clinton campaign knew, that the Russians had stolen Clinton and DNC emails. And we also know that they previewed their dissemination, the anonymous dissemination, of those emails with Papadapolous back in April.
It was only weeks later that the Russians made a second approach to the Trump campaign, this time at the highest levels --at Trump Tower-- in a meeting that they previewed by saying they wanted to offer incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.
MCCAIN: Is there enough [evidence] for Mueller to bring charges? Because if it isn't enough for Mueller to bring charges, what does that mean?
Charges of collusion.
SCHIFF: This is a very important question: What is Mueller's job and what is [Congress'] job."
Bob Mueller will make the decision whether there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt to indict and convict people.
It is not his responsibility to tell the country what happened. And indeed there is no guarantee that the country will ever learn what Bob Mueller finds, apart from an indictment. It is the job of the Congress to tell the American people what happened. Whether it reaches the standard beyond the reasonable doubt, or whether we merely find clear and convincing evidence of collusion.
So it is important that we set out the facts for the public... about what the Russians told Papadapolous, about what the Russians did in setting up that meeting in Trump Tower. Bear in mind, that meeting in Trump Tower took place after he is alerted that the Russians have these emails. Don Jr. is told, hey, at the highest levels ultrasensitive we have incriminating evidence about Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government's effort to help Donald Trump.
That looks a lot like collusion to me.
SUNNY HOSTIN, 'THE VIEW': And you're a former federal prosecutor.
MCCAIN: I just think if Mueller doesn't end up charging him, it just looks like a lot of smoke and mirrors.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG, 'THE VIEW': We won't know! Whatever is going to come out, we're going to hear it from you before anybody else. From the committee, not just you.
Schiff also talked about the departure of Hope Hicks from the White House and the Russia probe in general: