In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence senior Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was asked what he made of Trump’s recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Schiff saying Trump acted like a man who has something to hide.
The ABC host got right to the point, asking, “Just bluntly, do you believe he is compromised by Vladimir Putin?”
Schiff said that it appeared so.
“I certainly think he’s acting like someone who’s compromised, and it may very well be that he is compromised or it may very well be that he believes that he’s compromised, that the Russians have information on him,” he replied.
The House member and former prosecutor — who has been on the receiving end of insults from the Republican president — then informed the ABC host that his investigators have been blocked by Republicans from being allowed to look at the Trump Organization’s books.
“We were not permitted to look into one of the allegations that was most serious to me, and that is were the Russians laundering money through the Trump Organization?” he explained. “The Republicans wouldn’t allow us to go near that.”
“I hope that [special counsel] Bob Mueller’s investigating it, because again, if that’s the leverage the Russians are using, it would not only explain the president’s behavior, but it would help protect the country by knowing that in fact our president was compromised,” he concluded.
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Rep. Adam Schiff on Pres. Trump: “For whatever reason, this president acts like he’s compromised. There is simply no other way to explain why he would side with this Kremlin, former KGB officer, rather than his own intelligence agencies” https://t.co/XfhHWEe5Pa #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/dBTaaFBalu
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