Dem lawmaker: Putin will take Trump's attack on Mueller probe as 'green light' to interfere in 2018

Dem lawmaker: Putin will take Trump's attack on Mueller probe as 'green light' to interfere in 2018
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThere's a lack of US leadership on breastfeeding Internet security leader: Hackers are 'trying to undermine very process of democracy' Republicans and Democrats alike face troubling signals from voters MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE for his attacks aimed at special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying Putin will take the comments as a "green light" to interfere in the midterm elections later this year. 

"President Trump just attacked our intelligence agencies and law enforcement for doing their jobs while standing next to a dictator who intervened in our election to help elect Trump," Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee's ranking member, tweeted.

"Putin will take this as a green light to interfere in 2018, and it is. Cowardly and shameful."

Schiff's statement came shortly after Trump and Putin appeared for a joint press conference after their meeting concluded in Finland.

Among other things, Trump attacked Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying that “the probe is a disaster for our country." 

"There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it,” Trump said. The comment came only days after Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Democratic entities during the 2016 race.

Trump also refused to denounce Russia for interfering in the election and pointed to Putin's denials to defend his argument. 

 
Trump's performance in the press conference was quickly criticized by many Democratic and Republican lawmakers.