Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the Republican Party under President Trump has “no patriotism.”
The House Intelligence Committee chairman tweeted after Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, summarized Russia’s attempts to intervene in the 2016 election as just “a few Facebook ads.”
“On Sunday, Kellyanne Conway wouldn’t even acknowledge Russia helped Trump. And Rudy Giuliani effectively said it was fine if they did,” Schiff tweeted Tuesday. “Today, Jared Kushner said the attack was no more than a few Facebook ads. There is no patriotism in Trump’s GOP. Only cowardly opportunism.”
Schiff was also referring recent comments by counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Conway argued that Trump “won because he was the better candidate” after she was pressed on special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Giuliani said during an interview Sunday there was “nothing wrong” with a campaign accepting assistance from Russia.
The Kushner line that set off Schiff came during an interview hosted by Time Magazine. Kushner said investigations into Russia “had a much harsher impact on our democracy” than Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 election.
“You look at what Russia did, you know, buying some Facebook ads to sow dissent and do it — and it’s a terrible thing — but I think the investigations and all the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple Facebook ads,” Kushner said.
The Justice Department released a redacted version of Mueller’s report last week. It outlines efforts from Russian military intelligence services to hack into computers and obtain documents from people within the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Mueller’s team found documents were shared with DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, along with Wikileaks for publication.
The report also details attempts from Internet Research Agency, a company based in St. Petersburg that was charged by Mueller for meddling during the 2016 election, to generate discord among American voters through a disinformation campaign and social media operations.
Mueller’s report found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but Schiff has insisted there is “collusion in plain sight” that needs to be investigated by Congress.