Adam Schiff: Evidence Available Already Shows That Trump Should Be Indicted


In a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that if Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller finds no collusion involving President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election that Congress would subpoena his evidence and look at it.

"If the Justice Department either attempts to hide the Mueller report or the underlying evidence, then requiring Mueller to testify may very well be necessary", Schiff said.

Schiff, D-Calif., told NBC News' Meet the Press that he believes a face-to-face interview with Trump would be the most effective method to get information regarding any potential collusion with Russian Federation by Trump or his campaign during the election or possible obstruction of justice into the probe.

"Yes, I think it is a mistake", said Schiff.

"Since you asked, and I've been thinking about this", Pelosi said.

Trump's lawyers have suggested that the president won't be sitting down with Mueller to answer questions beyond written responses to some queries that were submitted in November.

Schiff concluded, "I also think that the special counsel feels some time pressure to conclude his work".

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"We're certainly considering whatever is necessary to make sure that this is not buried, that the public gets to see this report", Schiff outlined.

The Russia investigation has cost about $25 million in total from the time Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to the end of September 2018, according to the most recently available spending figures.

Schiff's comments came after Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who also hails from California, told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday that she is "not for impeachment", arguing Trump is "just not worth it".

"You know, to me in looking at what Michael Cohen said in the open hearing and then what his lawyers said afterwards, it was very much like what Donald Trump did when he said that he had no knowledge of these payments to Stormy Daniels and then Rudy Giuliani said, 'Oh yes, he did.' Well, where is the truth there?"

"It's very hard to make the argument that the person who was directed and was coordinated should go to jail but the person who did the directing and did the coordinating should not", Schiff said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

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