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 SchiffTrump on Schiff: 'He will not make the LSU football team' Trump knocks testimony from 'Never Trumpers' at Louisiana rally Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he believes there's evidence "in plain sight" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 ConwayConway: Trump reacted 'pretty well' to impeachment hearing because 'there was nothing new' Kellyanne Conway after CNN plays George Conway remarks: 'I'm embarrassed for you' Latest impeachment developments: Republicans huddle ahead of Friday's hearing 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) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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 CoatsHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Intelligence agencies have stopped collecting cellphone data without warrants: letter This week: Democrats churn toward next phase of impeachment fight MORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenChad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Senate paves way for Trump's next DHS chief Divided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA 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.