“The View” co-host Meghan McCain on Thursday tried to corner House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on what she described as Russia “overhype.” Instead, she got a lesson on the “damning” evidence of Trump campaign collusion—and Congress’ duty to inform the public about Russian interference.
“Hi Congressman, I think at this point in time it’s really difficult for me and many Americans to differentiate between what’s overhype and what isn’t,” McCain began. “You have said on more than one occasion that you’ve seen ample evidence of the Trump campaign’s Russia collusion. Last month, you said you had 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 a right to know, a year later, what that is,” McCain pressed.
“Well I certainly said there was ample evidence of collusion, I’ve never used the word ‘treason,’ only Steve Bannon has used that word,” Schiff shot back. “But, if you look at the facts that are in the public domain, they’re pretty damning.”
Schiff listed onetime Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who was “told back in April of last year that the Russians had stolen Clinton and DNC emails.”
“It was only weeks later that the Russians made a second approach,” Schiff continued, turning to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between top members of the Trump campaign and a Russia lawyer who “wanted to offer incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.”
“Is it enough for [special counsel Robert] Mueller to bring charges?” McCain demanded.
“What’s Mueller’s job and what’s our job?” Schiff replied. "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. There’s no guarantee the country will ever learn what Bob Mueller finds apart from an indictment.”
“It’s the job for the Congress to tell the American people what happened,” he added.