On Sunday, in an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Representative Adam Schiff conceded that it would not be “appropriate” for Democrats to information from the Ukrainian government, but also argued that meeting between the Trump campaign and the Russians is significantly worse. Schiff is the leading Democrat on the House Intel Committee and has consistently been a skeptic of President Donald Trump.
Politico reported in January that a Democratic operative received information from the Ukrainians that would help the Clinton campaign. As such, the Ukrainian government felt that the Russian government was being too supportive of Trump during the 2016 election cycle.
Karl read Schiff a Politico report about the incident, “a Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the DNC met with top officials in the Ukrainian embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia. The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in this race, helping force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that the Trump campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia.”
“I understand Hillary Clinton lost,” Karl stated, “and I understand this effort was not as elaborate as the Russian effort, but was it acceptable, or would it have been acceptable for the Democrats to accept help from the Ukrainian government in this campaign?”
“No, it would be appropriate for the Democrats to get help from the Ukrainian government,” Schiff responded. “But I think if you look at the Politico article, and we’re talking about just a single article here, if you accept all the facts in the article, the scale of what the Russians did is not comparable to anything in that article.”
“If it were, the comparable analogy would be that the Ukrainian president directed the Ukrainian intelligence agencies to steal, to hack, Donald Trump’s campaign, steal e-mails, publish them, directed a social media army to influence the election, and sat down — its representatives sat down with Chelsea Clinton and John Podesta in which they indicated they wanted the dirt op Donald Trump,” Schiff announced. “There’s no suggestion anything of that magnitude [inaudible].”
“The scale is different. … But the meeting is problematic? This Ukrainian meeting is problematic, in your eyes?” Karl questioned.
“Well, it would be problematic to get any kind of support from a foreign government,” Schiff asserted. “But, again, I think to compare the two is like a bit like comparing bank robbery with writing a check with insufficient funds. Both appropriate money from the bank improperly, but a very different degree of seriousness and involvement in the case by a foreign government.”
First reported by The Blaze.