Schiff: 'Our democracy is under threat' from Trump, Russia

Schiff: 'Our democracy is under threat' from Trump, Russia
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffInternet security leader: Hackers are 'trying to undermine very process of democracy' Republicans and Democrats alike face troubling signals from voters Schiff blasts GOP for Russia probe conduct: 'That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one' MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday told The Associated Press that Russia and some of President Trump’s policies are a threat to American democracy.

While Russia poses an external threat, “in many respects, the challenge from within is more serious because we have a president who takes issue with the First Amendment and a president who describes the press as the enemy of the people,” Schiff said.

He also cited Trump’s criticism of judges who rule against him and his efforts to limit immigration from Muslim-majority countries as threats to democracy, adding that Trump is attempting to undermine the ongoing probes into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

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Schiff criticized Republicans who have failed to stand up to Trump on those issues.

“I think we’re all going to be held to account one day for what we did when our democracy is under threat,” Schiff said.

Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, one of the multiple congressional committees investigating Russia's election meddling, including possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday night released more than 200 pages of transcripts from its interview last week with former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Page told investigators that he suggested to his fellow advisers that Trump could make a trip to Russia during the 2016 campaign. Page ultimately made the trip himself, meeting with Russia’s deputy prime minister.