REP. SCHIFF VOWS TO KEEP INVESTIGATING TRUMP: ‘WE HAVE TO FIND THE TRUTH’
The congressman is still optimistic more indictments will be forthcoming
Mar 22, 2019 6:20 PM
By Tom Elliott
For the last two years, Rep. Adam Schiff frequently said he was waiting for Special Counsel Robert Mueller before deciding whether President Trump committed an impeachable offense.
Today, after Mueller completed his probe and the Department of Justice announced no further indictments would be forthcoming, Rep. Schiff said this is just a minor setback.
Instead, Schiff said, he’s going to keep investigating Trump’s connections to Russia. And he remains optimistic more indictments are coming.
“We have to find the truth,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, in explaining his plans to continue investigating. The California congressman said he might call Mueller before Congress to testify.
“There are any number of examples that I could give you of information that we have obtained in our investigation, information that’s become clear from the special counsel investigation, that may not be summed up in a decision or disclosure that we decided to indict A but not B,” Schiff said. “To give you an illustration, we know that Paul Manafort was providing polling data to someone linked to Russia that may not have shown up in an indictment. But it raises profound questions about why the presidential campaign of Donald Trump was providing polling data, apparently detailed polling data, to someone linked to Russian intelligence.”
“That’s just one of the great many unanswered questions,” he added. “If they’re not answered, then we are going to have to answer them.”
In another interview on MSNBC, Rep. Schiff said that despite reports no more indictments would be forthcoming, that may not be the case: “It’s entirely possible, if not likely, that there will be other indictments.”
Speaking of the DoJ saying there would be no further indictments, Schiff said: “Well, what it means is that the office of the special counsel is going to contract a attorney to the justice Department that that office won’t be bringing any further indictments. It doesn’t mean, of course, that main justice or the Seventh District of New York and the Eastern District or others may not bring indictments.”
“In fact, given the lengthy redactions in many of the pleadings of the special counsel eluding to other investigations, I think it’s entirely possible if not likely that there will be other indictments,” he continued. “Now, how central or peripheral they’ll be to the core issues of potential conspiracy is yet to be determined.”