Adam Schiff: Russian Indictments Ought to Put to Rest for Trump That This Is a Witch Hunt

‘The evidence is now overwhelming and unequivocal, and we need to move to protect ourselves from Russian interference’

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BASH: Welcome back to STATE OF THE UNION. 

President Trump is on a Twitter tear, repeatedly declaring no collusion after special counsel Robert Mueller moved to indict 13 Russians for waging -- quote -- information warfare" against Americans during the 2016 election. 

The president is also attacking the top Democrat on the House Russia probe, Adam Schiff, calling him a "leakin' monster of no control" and saying Schiff is blaming the Obama administration for the Russian meddling. 

Well, that's not exactly right. 

We spoke to Congressman Schiff just before he got on a plane to travel back from a Munich security conference. 


BASH: Congressman, I want to start with the breaking news of the indictments.

Thirteen Russians, three Russian companies were indicted for meddling in the 2016 election. How do you read the indictment? 

REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D), CALIFORNIA: Well, it's really stunning in its detail.

And the intelligence community must have made the judgment that putting this information out there, the deterrent impact it would have, is worst -- is worth the risk to sources and methods, because this really sets out in quite the excruciating detail just how elaborate this Russian effort was, who the characters were that were involved in it, what lengths they went to, to influence our election, how much they wanted to cynically sow discord in the United States. And it ought to put to rest for anyone, including the president, who continues to call this a witch-hunt, that the evidence is now overwhelming and unequivocal, and we need to move to protect ourselves from Russian interference in elections that are coming up.

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