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Schiff defiant: 'Undoubtedly, there is collusion'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE (D-Calif.) said in a new interview that he believes evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia "undoubtedly" exists and can be found by his committee, even though a summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE's investigation said there was no evidence to support that conclusion.

Schiff told The Washington Post that the special counsel's investigators did not look at whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE was subject to the influence of foreign powers and said that his committee would continue to pursue an investigation into whether the president's campaign worked with Russia or other countries in 2016.

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“Undoubtedly, there is collusion,” Schiff told the Post. “We will continue to investigate the counterintelligence issues. That is, is the president or people around him compromised in any way by a hostile foreign power?"

"It doesn’t appear that was any part of Mueller’s report," he continued.

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGiuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report Hannity urges Trump to pardon himself Gaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' MORE (R-Fla.), a vocal supporter of Trump's, told the newspaper that Schiff was guilty of telling falsehoods about the Russia investigation and his committee's progress.

“He essentially spent 22 months lying to the country,” Gaetz said.

Schiff came under fire earlier this week from White House allies who have called for his resignation as chairman of the Intelligence panel over his comments claiming to have found evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

"Adam Schiff should resign," White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE said. "He has no right as somebody who has been peddling a lie day after day after day unchallenged. Unchallenged and not under oath. Somebody should have put him under oath and said, 'You have evidence? Where is it?"

“I’m more than used to attacks from my GOP colleagues and I would expect nothing less,” Schiff responded to CNN.

The Mueller investigation, which lasted for almost two years and resulted in dozens of criminal charges for Trump associates unrelated to accusations of collusion with Russia, ended over the weekend with no further indictments being issued by prosecutors.

Trump and his allies have since claimed victory, accusing Democrats and the media of spinning stories about the investigation to conclusions not supported by the facts.