Schiff: There's 'plenty of evidence' of collusion 'in plain sight'

Schiff: There's 'plenty of evidence' of collusion 'in plain sight'
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he believes there's evidence "in plain sight" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE colluded with the Russians.

"I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight," Schiff said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

The congressman was responding to assertions from White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project hits Trump over Russian bounties Obama said Trump's use of term 'kung flu' 'shocks and pisses me off': report New Lincoln Project ad slams Trump over deaths of 'Greatest Generation' members from COVID-19 MORE that Trump's claims of a "witch hunt" and "hoax" refer specifically to claims he was elected with the help of Russia, not the broader investigation into Russian influence campaigns.

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Schiff disputed that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE has thus far not presented any evidence of collusion. However, he acknowledged that the evidence may not be enough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump colluded with Russia.

Schiff has been among the most outspoken critics of Trump on the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 election. He blasted the president on Sunday for his refusal to unequivocally condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin over the issue during a summit between the two presidents last month, and warned it could encourage Russia to continue influencing future elections.

"As long as Russia interferes on Donald Trump’s side in the midterms, Vladimir Putin can count on the president not to call him out," Schiff said.

In an unusual move, the White House sent national security adviser John Bolton, Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsAmerica's divide widens: Ignore it no longer Trump gives Grenell his Cabinet chair after he steps down German lawmaker, US ambassador to Germany trade jabs MORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenThe Seila Law case: Liberty and political firing Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Sen. Kennedy slams acting DHS secretary for lack of coronavirus answers MORE, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone to the White House briefing last week to detail their agencies' efforts to address election meddling.

Each official specifically called out Russia and cautioned that they continue to see Russian efforts to interfere. 

Trump, however, has cast doubt on that conclusion. He drew significant backlash after he met with Putin in July, when Trump noted Putin's "powerful" denials of Russian interference.