The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, has been helpfully keeping ordinary Americans in the loop ever since Congressional hearings began on the investigation into collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.
For as long as there has been any question about improprieties either in that campaign or even within the Trump administration as it currently sits, we’ve been able to count on the California Representative to deliver statements that are understandable to the average person and actually distill what can sometimes be a convoluted mess into something you and I can comprehend.
So when he went on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, it was no surprise he had more of the same in store for us. What was a surprise what that he was so forthcoming — or at least as much as he was allowed to be, probably by law. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, he is surely bound by gag orders during the investigation to not reveal anything that might derail the investigation.
Asked by the host what his reaction was to the indictments revealed on Friday, still sealed under orders from a federal judge, Schiff gave more than his reaction. He gave us a clue as to whose name might be in that envelope:
Well, you know, there are two people I think just from press reporting that it is likely to be, either Mike Flynn or Paul Manafort. We haven’t been informed of who it is, and I don’t think it would have been appropriate for Bob Mueller to tell us. If it is Paul Manafort, and he has apparently told others that he expects to be indicted, it may help us answer one very central question in the investigation, and that is, we know that the Russian government, through intermediaries, was reaching out to the Trump campaign, reaching out to Paul Manafort and others, and offering information on Hillary Clinton they thought would help the Trump campaign, and that the campaign was willing and accepted that idea.”
Manafort, of course, was Donald Trump’s campaign manager for most of the campaign and has been the subject of very intense scrutiny since day one of the investigation.
But whether the charges are against Manafort or Trump’s onetime adviser General Michael Flynn — or someone else entirely — odds are good that whoever it is will sing like a canary.
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