House

Schiff urges Trump to avoid baseless accusations

Greg Nash

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee urged President Trump to listen to his advisers and avoid making groundless accusations.

“Mr. President, I implore you, the country implores you, you have chosen two superb people to guide you, in [Defense Secretary] Gen. [James] Mattis and [National Security Adviser] Gen. [H.R.] McMaster. Seek their counsel. Listen to what they have to say,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democratic weekly address.

{mosads}“And cherish the trust and hope that was placed in you by virtue of your office, by never again advancing claims that you know – or should know – are simply not true,” he added, referring to Trump’s claim that former President Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower during the 2016 election.

Schiff maintained that the intelligence findings that show Russia’s attempt to interfere in the election do not automatically “undermine his legitimacy or credibility.”

He said only the president “is capable of doing that, and regrettably, he is at great risk of doing so.”

“Presidential credibility, once squandered, may never be fully regained,” he said.

The lawmaker also reiterated his long-standing call for Congress to conduct an independent investigation into the alleged Trump-Russia ties.

“Congress should establish an independent commission that has the staff, resources and single-minded focus necessary to investigate this matter,” he said. 

Tags Adam Schiff

Most Popular

Load more

Video

See all Video