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 SchiffHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Lobbying world MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he believes there's evidence "in plain sight" that President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel 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 ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 CoatsFormer Trump officials including Fiona Hill helped prepare Biden for Putin summit: report Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? Experts see 'unprecedented' increase in hackers targeting electric grid MORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' 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.