Schiff: Democrats eyeing Trump-Putin calls

Schiff: Democrats eyeing Trump-Putin calls
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Democrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that Congress is looking to obtain President Trump's calls with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe need for clear thinking about Russia German president expresses 'sorrow' for Holocaust, warns 'spirits of evil' are rising A new era in Russia will allow America to rethink its policy MORE amid allegations that the White House is attempting to hide calls with foreign leaders. 

"The paramount need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see whether, in the conversations with other world leaders and, in particular, with Putin, that the president was also undermining our security in a way that he thought would personally benefit his campaign," Schiff said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are sequestered in that same electronic file that is meant for covert action, not meant for this, if there's an effort to hide those and cover those up, yes, we're determined to find out," he added. 

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A whistleblower complaint alleges the Trump administration put a conversation Trump had with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on a highly classified server. A partial transcript of the call shows Trump asking Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE, a 2020 Democratic candidate, and his son.

The House launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump last week after the new allegations over the call with Ukraine emerged. 

Trump has defended the call, saying there was nothing inappropriate about it.