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 SchiffWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' Schiff: 'Hard to imagine a poorer case' than Trump's on emergency declaration MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he believes there's evidence "in plain sight" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview 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 ConwayWhite House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 CoatsEx-Trump official says intel community's testimony interfered in US-North Korea talks Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump MORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report Trump taps FEMA official to lead agency Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden 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.