Schiff: 'It doesn't take a genius' to see Trump 'badgering' spurred Clinton Foundation investigation

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff suggested Sunday that the White House pressed federal authori...

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 9:45 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2018 9:45 AM

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff suggested Sunday that the White House pressed federal authorities to investigate allegations of corruption against the Clinton Foundation, the charity of former President Bill and Hillary Clinton.

"If they are investigating Hillary Clinton, it doesn't take a genius -- let alone a 'stable genius' -- to see why," Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union," referring to President Donald Trump's tweet Saturday that he's a "very stable genius."

"It's not because some new evidence has come to light," Schiff added. "It's because they're being badgered by the White House to do it."

The FBI and federal prosecutors are looking into whether foundation donors were improperly promised policy favors or special access to Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state and whether tax-exempt funds were misused, an official told CNN.

It's unclear precisely what, if any, new evidence ignited the current federal investigation after initial inquiries had stalled prior to the 2016 election.

The Justice Department declined to comment to CNN, citing a general policy of not confirming or denying the existence of active investigations. The US attorney's office in Arkansas declined to comment.

Schiff added that he believes other probes, including the Justice Department's evaluation of issues raised by House Republicans in their investigation into alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the Obama-era Uranium One deal, are "a nod to the White House," tainting the independence of the Justice Department.

Pressed for evidence on the connection between the Clinton Foundation investigation and the Trump White House, Schiff cited Trump's tweets.

"This is a response to the President's tweets, his admonitions, his badgering. I'm not going to ignore the plain reality of this, because it's going on," Schiff said. He added: "And, as I said, you don't have to be a genius to see this, and you don't have to be a cynic to see this. The Justice Department is taking these actions as a direct result of this lobbying campaign by the White House."

West Lafayette
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 72°
Kokomo
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 70°
Rensselaer
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 66°
Fowler
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 72°
Williamsport
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 67°
Crawfordsville
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 70°
Frankfort
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 70°
Delphi
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 67°
Monticello
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 67°
Logansport
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 70°
Once more pleasant day before we see changes with an increase in heat and humidity, and thunderstorm chances.
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 749835

Reported Deaths: 13752
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1031281779
Lake555181006
Allen41642691
St. Joseph36959564
Hamilton36537416
Elkhart29373459
Tippecanoe22871224
Vanderburgh22544400
Porter19339325
Johnson18412388
Hendricks17594317
Clark13202193
Madison13128344
Vigo12606253
LaPorte12400221
Monroe12175175
Delaware10949198
Howard10270225
Kosciusko9615119
Hancock8556145
Bartholomew8162157
Warrick7854156
Floyd7775180
Grant7230179
Wayne7158201
Boone6922103
Morgan6742141
Dubois6211118
Marshall6208116
Cass5997109
Henry5894108
Dearborn589078
Noble580287
Jackson508774
Shelby500897
Lawrence4735121
Gibson444293
Harrison441073
Clinton440455
DeKalb438985
Montgomery434890
Whitley406042
Huntington402281
Steuben399359
Miami392968
Jasper387054
Knox375790
Putnam372160
Wabash360683
Ripley346570
Adams344955
Jefferson335685
White330853
Daviess3031100
Wells295181
Decatur289992
Greene286685
Fayette284864
Posey273735
LaGrange273072
Scott269955
Clay266048
Washington245034
Randolph244683
Jennings235249
Spencer234231
Starke227858
Fountain219147
Sullivan214043
Owen211258
Fulton202142
Jay200932
Carroll193420
Orange188155
Perry187037
Rush175726
Vermillion174044
Franklin170235
Tipton166046
Parke149016
Pike138134
Blackford136132
Pulaski120347
Newton113036
Brown104043
Crawford102316
Benton101114
Martin91615
Warren83615
Switzerland8108
Union72810
Ohio57811
Unassigned0420

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events