Schiff: We Need To Know If the Russians Have Financial Leverage Over Trump ‘that’s Warping U.S. Policy in a Pro-Russia Direction’
SCHIFF: "Well, I can’t say what we’ll do first, but I can tell you that we’re going to do the same kind of prioritization that the other committees will do, and that is we're going to have to look at those investigator strands that the Republicans were afraid to go down because we were concerned what it might reveal, that are most important to the American people. We need to know, for example, whether the Russians have financial leverage over the president of the United States that’s warping U.S. policy in a pro-Russia direction. We were not allowed to look at whether the Russians were laundering money for the Trump Organization. That has to be examined. But we also need to get a whole raft of documents that the Republicans were unwilling to pursue. And to give you one flagrant example, as they were setting up that Trump Tower meeting, as Don Jr. was on the phone with his Russian counter part to make arrangements to get this dirt on Hillary Clinton, there was a phone call sandwiched in between these communications between Trump Jr. and Agalarov, the son of that oligarch, and that call is a blocked number. And we wanted to get the phone records to determine, was Donald Trump talking to his son about this meeting. It’s an obvious investigative step, but one the Republicans were unwilling to take because they’re afraid of where the evidence might lead."