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Schiff: Evidence of coordination between Trump campaign and Russia ‘pretty damning’

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday the evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia is "pretty damning."

"The Russians offered help. The campaign accepted help. The Russians gave help. And the president made full use of that help," Schiff said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."

"And that's pretty damning, whether it is proof beyond a reasonable doubt of conspiracy or not," he continued.

Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, which is conducting a probe into possible Russian election hacking, said people need to look at the "pattern of chronology."

"You have, in late April, the Russians approaching the Trump campaign and saying, 'we have stolen Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Hillary Clinton backs Manhattan DA candidate in first endorsement of year NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison MORE emails,' " he said.

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"You have only weeks later the Russians making another approach to the campaign, this time at the highest levels, offering dirt on Hillary Clinton."

He also mentioned other communications, including Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE Jr.'s communications with WikiLeaks.

"So, we have all these facts in chronology. You would have to believe that these were all isolated incidents, not connected to each other. It just doesn't make rational sense," Schiff said.

"Now, 'can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt' will be Mueller's question to answer that the Russians communicated to the campaign that the way they were going to deliver the help they offered — and that the campaign accepted — was not by handing the emails directly over to the campaign, but by publishing them." he added.

Schiff said that would be up to special counsel Robert Mueller.

There are currently multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has repeatedly denied collusion between his campaign and Russia.