Schiff: Mueller testimony about Russian interference was 'chilling'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBiden administration open to restarting nuclear talks with Iran Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE (D-Calif.) said the most "chilling" portion of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 ToddTeachers union president: 'No perfect solution' to reopening schools Congressional Democrats say Trump acquittal was foregone conclusion Raskin: 'No regrets at all' on handling of Trump impeachment trial 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."