Nearly a week after Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report on the Russian probe and amid calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, the committee’s first hearing got off to a fiery start with Schiff reasserting his belief that members of the Trump campaign had inappropriate contacts with Russian government operatives and took aim at his GOP colleagues for their seeming indifference to those contacts.

"My colleagues might think it's OK that the Russians offered dirt on the Democratic candidate for president as part of what's described as the Russian government's effort to help the Trump campaign," Schiff said. “My colleagues might think it's OK that when that was offered to the son of the president, who had a pivotal role in the campaign, that the son did not call the FBI, he did not adamantly refuse that foreign help — no, instead that son said he would ‘love’ the help with the Russians.”

Before the hearing on “Putin's Playbook: The Kremlin's Use of Oligarchs, Money and Intelligence in 2016 and Beyond” began, the GOP members of the committee had called for Schiff’s resignation, accusing the chairman of continuing “to promote a demonstrably false narrative” that “is alarming” in light of the special counsel’s findings that they said “conclusively refute your past and present exertions, and have exposed you of having abused your position to knowingly promote false information.”

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