The top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) began by asking the question that must be answered. Was Trump’s collusion with Russia a coincidence?
Schiff laid out all of the important “coincidences” involved in the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia. He asked, “Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes. It is possible, but it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected, and not unrelated, and the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt US persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don’t know, and we owe it to the country to find out.”
Trump has been arguing that the Russia investigation is nothing, but as Schiff’s questions demonstrate any one of these incidents would be enough for an independent investigation, which is why Rep. Schiff (D-CA) also called for an independent investigation to complement the work that the intelligence committees are doing.
When the events are laid out, they paint a compelling picture of a situation that requires further investigation. Today’s hearing is the first step in getting those answers for the American people.