Schiff: Trump is acting like someone who is compromised

Schiff: Trump is acting like someone who is compromised
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDebate builds over making Mueller report public Media reliability questioned over report Trump directed lies to Congress Giuliani defends Trump going after Cohen's father-in-law MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE is acting as if he has been "compromised" by the Russians, floating once again the notion that Moscow could have damaging information on the U.S. leader.

"I certainly think he’s acting like someone who’s compromised, and it may very well be that he is compromised or it may very well be that he believes that he’s compromised, that the Russians have information on him," Schiff said on ABC's "This Week."

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Trump came under intense bipartisan scrutiny last week after a controversial joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in which the U.S. leader challenged the assessment of his own intelligence community that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election. He later walked back those remarks.

He also appeared to place blame on the U.S. for current tensions with Russia, saying that Washington has been "foolish."

In an op-ed for The New York Times last week, Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse passes bill expressing support for NATO GOP rep in op-ed: ‘Some people affiliated with our party have made racist comments’ Texas GOP lawmaker calls Trump border crisis a 'myth' MORE (R-Texas), a former CIA agent, warned that the U.S. president appeared to be "manipulated" by Moscow and was "playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands."

Tom Bossert, Trump's former homeland security adviser, pushed back on Schiff's remarks on Sunday, saying on "This Week" that it was a "cheap shot" to suggest that the president had been compromised by Moscow.

"It’s an easy, cheap shot to say the president’s been compromised by the Russians," Bossert said.

"I think the Russians elected a former KGB agent and he spends all of his time and their resources squandering it on penny-ante spy tactics to try to get into loser kind of lobbyist pockets and so forth," he added, referencing Putin's past as an intelligence agent.