Schiff defiant: 'Undoubtedly, there is collusion'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMcConnell, White House lawyer huddle on impeachment strategy House GOP lawmaker wants Senate to hold 'authentic' impeachment trial Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment 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) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts 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 TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day 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) GaetzPhotographer leaves Judiciary hearing after being accused of taking photos of member notes Democrat calls Gaetz the 'pot calling the kettle black' after Hunter Biden drug-use comments Pentagon to take bigger role in vetting foreign students after Pensacola shooting 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 ConwayMLB removing marijuana from list of banned substances Grocery store behind viral reusable bag at impeachment hearing offers 'free briefcase' promotion Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe 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.