Schiff: Mueller testimony about Russian interference was 'chilling'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJohnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe Impeachment hearings likely to get worse for Republicans MORE (D-Calif.) said the most "chilling" portion of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's testimony was his confirmation that Russia never stopped interfering in U.S. politics. 

"I also found ... most chilling the fact that the special counsel confirmed the Russians have never stopped their interference. They're at it again," Schiff said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"And he is desperately concerned, as I am as well, that the acceptance of foreign help, the willingness to receive it, may become a new normal under this president. And that, as the special counsel said, ought to alarm every American."

Mueller testified last week in front of the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees on the findings outlined in his 448-page report. 

"The special counsel made it very clear that the Trump campaign welcomed Russian help, built it into their campaign plan, never reported it, made full use of it and then lied about it and that there were multiple acts by the president that constitute obstruction of justice," Schiff said. 

"Essentially, this was a campaign and a presidential candidate characterized by disloyalty to country, by greed and by lies."


Schiff has not come forward to call for impeachment inquiries to begin. 

Although he admitted to NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddJohnson: I'm writing a letter to 'lay out what I know' about Ukraine aid Patrick says he won't stop super PAC funding for his campaign Chuck Todd on impeachment hearing: Part of GOP 'just not accepting facts that are facts' MORE that he is worried about the precedent it may set, he said he's equally worried "about the message of taking an impeachment case to trial, losing that case, having the president acquitted and then having an adjudication that this conduct is not impeachable." 

"So there’s not a simple answer here," he said. "But the jury I'm most worried about, not the senate ... is the American people. Can we make the case to the American people? And I want to make sure that that's true before we go down this path."