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Schiff Devastated by Mueller's Failure to Take Down Trump: 'Not the Man That I Knew'

Rep. Adam Schiff last week expressed dismay that Robert Mueller hadn't been able to take down President Donald Trump, suggesting it was due to weakness rather than a lack of evidence. 

Speaking on a "The Daily Beast" podcast last week, the California Democrat said he was "shocked" by Mueller's July 2019 testimony to Congress about his investigation, which was widely seen as a disappointment on the left. 

"I have known Bob Mueller for a long time. I have tremendous respect for him. I think he is just an amazing human being and public servant," Schiff said. "He was not the man that I knew just in terms of his strength of presence, and so it was quite surprising."

Mueller's team also made mistakes during its nearly two-year probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Schiff.
  • Mueller's "cardinal mistake," Schiff said, was "not demanding to interview the president."
  • Mueller accepted written answers from Trump rather than fighting to subpoena him, which he told Congress would have taken too long. 
Mueller's report of his findings, released last April, found no evidence that Trump or any of his aides coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference. 

But Schiff claimed that the House Intelligence Commitee, which he chairs, uncovered "significant evidence" of the "Trump campaign efforts to seek, make use of and cover-up Russian help in the 2016 presidential election."

Schiff has repeatedly insisted that he has proof the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the presidency.
  • But his panel last week released dozens of witness transcrips showing top intelligence, law enforcement and national security officials from the Obama administration denied seeing any evidence of collusion.