House Intelligence Ranking-Member Schiff: There’s ‘Circumstantial Evidence of Collusion’ Between Russia & Trump Campaign
Speaking on “Meet The Press”, Congressman Adam Schiff, co-chair of the House Intelligence Committee (HIC) said that there is “circumstantial evidence of collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election to ensure that a certain candidate won the race.
Responding to Chuck Todd’s comment that former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, made several weeks ago that there was not evidence that a collusion existed, Schiff said: “I was surprised to see Director Clapper say that because I don’t think you can make that claim categorically as he did. I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation: There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that’s where we begin the investigation.”
Schiff added: “There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation. The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.”
Explaining the reasons why Russia would help Trump get elected, Schiff said that “we are in a global war of ideas” that pits “authoritarianism” against “democracy, and Putin is very much at the vanguard of that autocratic movement.”
As a ranking member of the HIC, Schiff has been briefed on classified information concerning evidence that the Trump campaign worked with Russia to steal the election, but there is also plenty of connections known already in the public sector that is cause for alarm.
Most recently, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent for the Turkish government; which means Flynn was paid to lobby for Turkish President Erdogon while working for the Trump campaign, through his 24 days as a part of the Trump administration, and for all intents and purposes still continues to present day.
But Flynn also received over $33,750 from the Kremlin via their state-funded propaganda outlet, Russia Today. Flynn was a paid to speak at an event for RT in December of 2015.
During the now infamous “Obama tapped by wires” tweet investigation, it was revealed that suspicious activity took place during the campaign between a Trump Organization computer server located in Trump Tower and a Russian oligarch owned bank named Alfa Bank.
Alfa Bank pinged the Trump Organization server 2,800 times from May to September of 2016 – that is 1 ping very hour for 4 months straight. The Russian owned bank claims it was set up by hackers to make it appear that they were in contact with the Trump Organization after previously dismissing the evidence as a hoax.
Then there are the mysterious trips to Russia taken by Trump campaign staff during the election. Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign, was sent to Russia on a trip sanctioned and paid for by the campaign via donation monies.
Page gave a speech while in Moscow on the campaign’s dime, but officially the campaign said Page was in Russia “in a private capacity”.
In addition, Flynn, Jeff Sessions and even Trump himself all met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign. Flynn spoke with Kislyak about President Obama’s sanctions on Russia and how the Trump administration would lift them once in power.
Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing about having met with Kislyak twice during the campaign, and ended up having to recuse himself from any investigations into Trump’s connections with Russia that the Department of Justice conducts in the future or is currently working on.
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