Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has put the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia into complete and simple perspective.
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union”, Schiff stated, “The Russians offered help. The campaign accepted help. The Russians gave help. And the president made full use of that help…And that’s pretty damning, whether it is proof beyond a reasonable doubt of conspiracy or not.”
Schiff, of course, is absolutely right. When one looks at what he calls the “pattern of chronology”, there is no doubt that there was collusion with Russia. In April, Russians approached the Trump campaign saying they had Hillary Clinton’s emails. Several weeks later, Russia contacted people in the highest levels of the Trump campaign and said they had more dirt on Hillary Clinton. You’d have to believe these incidents weren’t connected to think there wasn’t collusion, according to Schiff.
Proving the collusion beyond a reasonable doubt will be special counsel Robert Mueller’s job. To do that, Schiff says Mueller would need to prove “that the Russians communicated to the campaign that the way they were going to deliver the help they offered — and that the campaign accepted — was not by handing the emails directly over to the campaign, but by publishing them.”
Schiff is absolutely right. Given the information that has come out, it is clear that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia. Mueller proving that is the Christmas gift many of us are wishing for this year.