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

Schiff: Anyone working for Trump 'at risk of being used'
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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 SchiffOn The Money: Treasury misses second Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Waters renews calls for impeachment | Dem wants Fed pick to apologize for calling Ohio cities 'armpits of America' | Stocks reach record high after long recovery On The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report 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.