Schiff: Anyone working for Trump 'at risk of being used'

Schiff: Anyone working for Trump 'at risk of being used'
© Greg Nash

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday said any individual working for the Trump administration is “at risk of being used.” 

“Anyone within the Trump orbit is at risk of being used,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE (D-Calif.) told ABC’s “This Week.” He appeared to be speaking specifically about Trump's national security adviser, who recently spoke to the possibility that additional members of Trump's administration were having secret talks with Russia.

Schiff, who is co-leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the United States election, had previously been discussing national security adviser H.R. McMaster and his response to recent reports that White House adviser Jared Kushner sought a secret channel to communicate with the Kremlin. 

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McMaster, following the report, said he was “not concerned” about the backchannel communications.

“I was disappointed to see the general say that. I have a lot of respect for him,” Schiff said.

Schiff during the interview drew a distinction between backchannel talks used for peace negotiations and a back channel with a nation like Russia, which tried to interfere in the presidential election.

Schiff said that he will seek to have Kushner appear before the House Intelligence Committee as it conducts its probe into Russia.