Schiff: Mueller Can Be Brought in If Report Isn't Released

FBI director testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sept. 16

FBI director testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sept. 16

Schiff based his opinion on revelations from Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen, who accused Trump, "Individual-1", of directing him to violate campaign finance laws in the weeks before the 2016 election.

"It will greatly facilitate our own investigation not to have to reinvent the wheel", House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Tuesday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, referring to both Mueller's expected report and the investigative evidence he unearthed.

The measure is a resolution, and can not force Mueller, Barr, or President Trump to send any more materials to Congress and the public than the law and Justice Department rules require.

Thus far, despite several Trump campaign associates being handed indictments on process-related charges-matters unrelated or tangentially related to the Russian Federation investigation-no evidence has been publicly presented that would implicate Trump directly in any alleged collusion.

"I've said all along that I don't think Bob Mueller should rely on written answers", the congressman from California told host Chuck Todd. "If the department opts to. deprive the Congress of this evidence, it will mean that the Congress will have to re-create everything the Mueller investigation did, which will be enormously time consuming - and indeed to some extent, not thoroughly possible".

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'I think we can certainly say from the indictment in the Southern District of NY that identifies Individual 1 as having directed and coordinated a campaign fraud scheme in which the department urged that Michael Cohen be sent to jail, ' Schiff told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Tuesday. And he's just not worth it'.

'In its absence an impeachment becomes a partisan exercise doomed to failure, ' Schiff said.

A party-line vote resulting in impeachment charges from the House would not be enough to remove Trump from office after a Senate trial.

However, despite the retreat, Schiff continued to launch political attacks, blaming the GOP for refusing to investigate and confront Trump.

Without "graphic evidence" of collusion, the Republican-led Senate refused to cooperate with the Democrats in their ongoing bid to remove Trump from office, Schiff complained.

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