For months on end, Representative Adam Schiff waged an often lonely quest, subject to the mockery of his Republican colleagues and second-guessing from skeptics, as he doggedly pursued allegations that President Donald Trump had welcomed the interference of a foreign power in an American election.
The stunning revelation that Trump asked the president of Ukraine this summer to investigate the dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter in the country—and an intelligence whistle-blower’s accompanying complaint that White House officials allegedly tried to cover up that request—amounted to quiet vindication for Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
It hardly seemed to matter that the country involved was Ukraine, not Russia, and the presidential election in question was 2020’s, not 2016’s. Schiff’s long-standing contention that there was “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight” between the president or his political allies and a foreign government has now been more than borne out, albeit in a different scenario that Schiff could never have predicted.
If the conclusion of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was murky—with its finding of insufficient evidence that Trump’s campaign directly coordinated with Russian officials to influence the outcome—the latest revelations about Trump’s communication with Ukraine are burdened by no such ambiguity.