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Rep. Schiff: Trump's Mueller Criticism Shows He's 'Worried'

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By    |   Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 01:21 PM

President Donald Trump's questioning the fairness of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller looking into his finances show the president is "worried," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday.

"The president is clearly worried that Bob Mueller's going to be looking into allegations, for example, that the Russians may have laundered money through the Trump organization," Rep. Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Community, told CBS host John Dickerson on "Face The Nation."

"What concerns me the most is anything that could be held over the president's head that could influence U.S. policy. That would be among the most powerful form of 'kompromat.' So, I think it is something he needs to look at. It's something plainly the president is very concerned about, but clearly within the scope of Bob Mueller's investigation."

President Trump has drawn sort of a red line this week at expanding the scope of Mueller's investigation into the Trump Organization's finances, but Rep. Schiff said this expansive look is necessary.

"Checks on [Trump] are what is set out in his charter, which is, he has an investigation he's been authorized to do into Russian connections with the Trump campaign and anything that arises from that," Schiff said. "So, that's his charter. And I think all of what we're talking about is well within the scope of that.

"If he were to go off on a detour that had nothing to do with that, it would be an issue. But Bob Mueller knows exactly what he's doing, which is why members of both parties have such confidence in him. I don't think he's going to use this to explore things that are completely unrelated. But he does have the power to look into these financial issues that the president seems so concerned about because the Russians use their financial leverage over people to influence policy.

"That's what they do in Europe. It's part of why they like business leaders as heads of state, because they can enter into business transactions before or during that then can be used as a way of influencing their decision making. And, of course, that would be detrimental to U.S. interests."

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President Donald Trump's questioning the fairness of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller looking into his finances show the president is "worried," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday."The president is clearly worried that Bob Mueller's going to be looking into...
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