While appearing on Sunday’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said there’s no definitive proof of any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. This despite the fact that just a few days ago — on March 22 — Schiff said just the opposite.
According to the Weekly Standard:
The House Intelligence committee’s top Democrat said Sunday that it is too early to say whether there was collusion between the Trump team and Russia, in an apparent moderation of his past claims on the subject.
Schiff’s remarks come as his committee probes any potential Trump team-Russia coordination as well as the leaks that precipitated the resignation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn as part of a broader investigation into Russian meddling.
“I don’t think we can say anything definitively at this point,” Schiff said on CNN’s State of the Union when asked about potential collusion. “We are still at the very early stage of the investigation.”
“The only thing I can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this,” he said.
But that’s not what he told Chuck Todd less than two weeks ago, according to NBC News:
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Ranking Member on the committee, was asked by Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press Daily” whether or not he only has a circumstantial case.
“Actually no, Chuck,” he said. “I can tell you that the case is more than that and I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.”
Questioned whether or not he has seen direct evidence of collusion, Schiff responded, “I don’t want to get into specifics but I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of an investigation.”
Just a few days before that, however, Schiff said there was only circumstantial evidence, NBC said:
But this Sunday on “Meet The Press,” Schiff, D-Calif., told host Chuck Todd, “I was surprised to see Director Clapper say that because I don’t think you can make that claim categorically as he did. I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation: There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that’s where we begin the investigation.”
Schiff, by the way, has been pushing the whole Trump-Russia conspiracy theory perhaps harder than any other Democrat, going so far as to accuse Tucker Carlson of being a Russian agent on live television.
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