Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, defended his assessment Sunday that there exists “significant evidence of collusion” between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Kremlin — despite word from the Justice Department that special counsel Robert Mueller will not be recommending any further indictments in his investigation into Russian election interference.
“There’s a difference between compelling evidence of collusion and whether the special counsel concludes that he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the criminal charge of conspiracy,” Schiff told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I leave that decision to Bob Mueller, and I have full confidence in him,” Schiff continued, adding that Americans owe Mueller “a debt of gratitude” for conducting his 22-month-long probe “as professionally as he has.”
“I trust in his prosecutorial judgment,” Schiff said.
“But that doesn’t mean, of course, that there isn’t compelling and incriminating evidence that should be shared with the American people.”
Attorney General William Barr received Mueller’s completed report on Friday afternoon, and is expected to present its “principal conclusions” to lawmakers as soon as Sunday. The House earlier this month unanimously approved a resolution calling for Mueller’s report to be made public.
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