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Schiff: It would be wise 'to wait 'til we see the facts' in Mueller report

March 24, 2019 - 11:46 am
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(WASHINGTON) -- The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that everyone, including President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, should wait until special counsel Robert Mueller's report is released to the public before making pronouncements on vindication.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested on This Week that the president is not clear of all wrong-doing and that there has already been "significant evidence of collusion" between Trump's campaign team and Russian officials to sway the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

Giuliani tweeted that there is no evidence of collusion and wrote that "I trust [Schiff] will apologize for his mistake. We all make them. The real virtue is to admit it. It would help us heal."

But Schiff said Sunday that Giuliani would be wise to wait until the special prosecutor's report is made public before asking him to apologize.

"Mr. Giuliani would be wise to do something he has rarely done, and that is wait 'til we see the facts," he told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Separately, Schiff wrote on Twitter that "Mueller’s investigation began as a counterintelligence inquiry into whether individuals associated with the Trump campaign were compromised by a foreign power. By law, that evidence he uncovered must be shared with our Committee. And his report must also be made public. Now."

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said on This Week that while he has yet to see Mueller's report, he has yet to see "one bit of evidence to show any type of coordination, collusion, conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election."

"Look, the central change of the special counsel was to see if there was conspiracy, coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to impact the election. Like I've said, that was the focus of the entire special counsel investigation. We've not seen any of that."

In a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Attorney General William Barr wrote that he is reviewing Mueller's report and anticipates that he "may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend." He continued that, separately, he intends to "consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law."

A senior Department of Justice official told ABC News on Friday that the report will not include any further indictments.

Mueller and his team investigated how far the Kremlin went to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including trying to determine whether any Americans may have helped those efforts.

At the heart of Mueller’s probe were two Russian operations: the spread of disinformation on social media, and the release of thousands of sensitive emails stolen by hackers from the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic targets. Mueller’s team has charged 25 Russian nationals and three foreign companies for their alleged role in those operations.

Ahead of any of the report being made public, Schiff said Sunday that "it's too early" to tell if Congress will no longer consider impeachment.

"If there were overwhelming evidence of criminality on the president's part, then Congress would need to consider that remedy if indictment is foreclosed," he told Stephanopoulos.

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