Schiff Implodes After Mueller Testimony: Trump is Disloyal to the Country
House Intelligence Committee Chairman weights in after Mueller testimony
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff claims that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report demonstrates Presdient Donald Trump and members of his administration, were disloyal to the country.
Despite the final Mueller testimony being a disaster for the Democrats, with nothing revealed other than what was in the report, Schiff had other ideas.
"Disloyalty to country. Those are strong words, but how else are we to describe a presidential campaign which did not inform the authorities of a foreign offer of dirt on their opponent, which did not publicly shun it, or turn it away, but which instead invited it, encouraged it, and made full use of it?" Schiff said in his opening statement.
"That disloyalty may not have been criminal," he continued.
"Constrained by uncooperative witnesses, the destruction of documents and the use of encrypted communications, your team was not able to establish each of the elements of the crime of conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt, so not a certain crime, in any event."
"But, I think, maybe something worse. A crime is the violation of a law written by Congress. But disloyalty to country violates the very oath of citizenship, our devotion to a core principle on which our nation was founded, that we, the people, and not some foreign power that wishes us ill, we decide, who shall govern, us."
Schiff added that Mueller’s report “tells a story about lies” which he says included:
- The abandoned Trump Tower Moscow
- Discussions with the Kremlin
- The firing of FBI Director James Comey
- The desire to fire Mueller
- Hush-money payments
- The meeting at Trump Tower in New York
During his congressional testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Mueller admitted that his team found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia during his investigation.
Under intense questioning from Republican Rep. Doug Collins, Mueller revealed that his team found “insufficient evidence of the president’s culpability” in Russian election interference.
The White House said that Mueller's testimony was politically bad for Democrats.
"The last three hours have been an epic embarrassment for the Democrats. Expect more of the same in the second half," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
Mueller's only other public statement on the investigation was in May.
“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report — it contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made,” Mueller said at the time.
“The work speaks for itself, and the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”
Rep. Collins pushed Mueller to contradict his report by asking him whether "collusion" and "conspiracy" are the same thing.
Mueller testified that they weren’t the same, but Collins cited a part of the report that was contradictory.
Collins read Mueller’s own report to him:
“On page 180 of volume one of your report, you wrote, ‘As defined in legal dictionaries, collusion is largely synonymous with conspiracy as that crime is set forth in the general federal conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. 371; …'"Are you sitting here today testifying something different than what your report states?”