- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday it’s “premature” to conclusively say there isn’t any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

“I do think we need to get to the bottom of these allegations of collusion or coordination,” the California Democrat said on CNN. “I believe that there is.”

When he was asked “is it premature to say there’s no evidence?” Mr. Schiff responded: “It is premature.”

Mr. Schiff said he believes the FBI’s investigation proves there’s something to the allegations, or the agency wouldn’t be looking into the issue so closely.

But he added that the committee is not determined to find any particular conclusion so long as they do a thorough job, adding he also believes an independent commission is necessary as well.

“I think that ought to be a supplement for what we do, not instead of what we do,” Mr. Schiff said.

Mr. Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, was a vocal critic of committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ handling of the Russia investigation. Mr. Nunes has recused himself from the investigation after revealing classified findings to the White House prior to informing his fellow committee members.

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