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(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the head of the House intelligence committee, says the Mueller report describes acts that go "well beyond anything Richard Nixon did."
The obstruction of justice in particular in this case is far worse than anything that Richard Nixon did. The -- the break-in by the Russians of the democratic institutions, a foreign adversary far more significant than the plumbers breaking into the democratic headquarters.
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So yes, I would say in every way this is more significant than Watergate. And the fact that a candidate for president and now president of the United States would not only not stand up and resist Russian interference in our election but would welcome it goes well beyond anything Nixon did.
The fact that the president of the United States would take Putin's side over his own intelligence agencies go well beyond anything Richard Nixon did. So yes, I think it is far more serious than Watergate.
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Schiff, appearing on ABC's "This Week," also said the Mueller report validates his long-held belief in "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"In fact, every act that I've pointed to as evidence of collusion has now been borne out by the report," Schiff said. "And I will also say that, with respect to most of those acts involving the meeting at Trump Tower, involving the provision of polling data, involving the discussions between the national security advisor and the Russian ambassador; all these and so many more, Kellyanne Conway and the president of the United States call this fake news, disputed that these facts were even facts.
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"We now know from Bob Mueller, they were fact."
Host Martha Raddatz asked Schiff if he believes the president obstructed justice:
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"I do believe that he obstructed justice, and did so in many ways," Schiff responded. "And I think that the Mueller...
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