Adam Schiff: I Don't Regret Calling Out This President, Collusion Evidence Still In "Plain Sight"

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Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union", Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Jake Tapper that he still believes the evidence of Trump-Russia collusion is in "plain sight."

"I don't regret calling out this president for what I consider deeply unethical and improper conduct," Schiff said. "Not a bit."





"The Republicans seem to think that, as long as you can't prove it's a crime, then all is fair love and war, that it's all OK, what the Trump administration, the Trump campaign does. I don't feel that way."

JAKE TAPPER, CNN: ou going out there before this report came out and saying that there's evidence of collusion, and then Mueller comes out and says, we don't find any evidence conspiracy or even coordination, that -- that what you're saying and what you said is irresponsible, because you're kind of muddying the waters?

There is a standard that Mueller has. And then you have a different standard. And maybe people got confused, and maybe Democrats got their hopes up.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF: Look, I think there is a different standard here between the Republicans and the Democrats.

The Republicans seem to think that, as long as you can't prove it's a crime, then all is fair love and war, that it's all OK, what the Trump administration, the Trump campaign does.

I don't feel that way. I don't think most Americans feel that way. And, Jake, what I have been saying all along is that the evidence that I'm concerned about is in plain sight. And I have used those words probably 100 times.

If the fact that the president called on the Russians to hack Hillary's e-mails, if the fact that Don Jr. said he would love to get the Russians' help -- all of this is in plain sight -- if the Republicans think that's perfectly fine because it doesn't amount to the crime of conspiracy, then we are going to part company.

And I'm not going to stop making the point that we should hold our president, our campaigns, our elected officials to a higher standard than mere criminality.

TAPPER: And you have no regrets of anything you have said in the last couple years?

SCHIFF: I don't regret calling out this president for what I consider deeply unethical and improper conduct, not a bit.

And I think the moment that we start to think that -- that we should back away from exposing this kind of malfeasance and corruption is a dangerous point.

Now, Jake, you have asked the question many times, is there a risk of doing too much oversight? There is a risk when you have an immoral president, a president lacking in basic character who violates the norms of office. There is an even greater risk of doing too little oversight.

So I make no apologies for that. And I'm going to continue holding this administration accountable.

TAPPER: I don't think that's exactly how I phrased that question, but I take your point.

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