Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee has led the charge for Democrats in the Trump-Russia collusion allegations. Despite media outlets like CNN accepting his word as gospel, he still has not produced any evidence linking Russia to the Trump campaign. It has all just been conjecture and rumor.
Well now it sounds like he is slightly backing off the Trump-Russia claims. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper over the weekend, Schiff admitted that he cannot “say whether anything was masked or unmasked properly,” after seeing the same evidence that House Intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) saw at the White House. Breitbart examines this more closely:
“It was an unusually muted response from Schiff, and suggests that the documents substantiate Nunes’ claims that the Obama administration conducted surveillance on members of the Trump transition team, and unmasked the names of U.S. citizens improperly before the intelligence was disseminated throughout the government. He merely said that he did not “agree with the chairman’s characterization” of the documents, but did not elaborate or say Nunes was wrong.
“In addition, Schiff backed off claims he made last month on MSNBC that there was “more than circumstantial” evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. When Tapper asked him point-blank whether there was “collusion,” Schiff said: “I don’t think we can say anything definitively at this point.”
“Schiff’s failure to contest Nunes’s claims directly, and his refusal to repeat his conclusions about Russian collusion, add subtle support to two arguments: first, the contention by two senior former Obama administration intelligence officials that there is no evidence of Trump campaign collusion with Russia; and second, the contention by President Donald Trump that he and his team were the victims of improper surveillance and leaks by the outgoing Obama administration.”
And as one Twitter user pointed out, this has been going on for an obscenely long time with nothing to show for it:
Fake Tapper to Adam Schiff: "Do you have anything definitive on Trump/Russia?"
A: "Nothing definitive at this point"
It's been 8 months. 😂
— Asa J 🇺🇸 (@asamjulian) April 2, 2017
The Trump-Russia story is falling apart. As we noted earlier, former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice has been discovered as the person who ‘unmasked’ Trump transition members identified in intelligence gathering. With the conversation now shifting to Obama officials seeking to discredit the Trump Administration for purely partisan reasons, the Democrats are losing credibility by the day.