Vladimir Putin very easily figured out how to play Trump like a fiddle. — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Vladimir Putin very easily figured out how to play Trump like a fiddle. — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Rep. Adam Schiff says Russian President Vladimir Putin 'played Trump like a fiddle' by using his greed against him
  • Rep. Adam Schiff told Insider that Vladimir Putin "played Trump like a fiddle."
  • He said Trump's "greed" made him uniquely susceptible to being manipulated by the Russians.
  • Schiff said he's still bothered by the extent to which Trump's business interests in Moscow may have influenced his dealings.
California Rep. Adam Schiff told Insider on Tuesday that his previous experience prosecuting Richard Miller, the first FBI agent convicted of spying for Russia, made him uniquely equipped to face President Donald Trump.

Specifically, Schiff said, the 1990 trial acquainted him with Russian spycraft, "how they identify people of low morals, people who are greedy or unfaithful to their spouses and are vulnerable to recruitment or manipulation." Overall, he said, it showed him how Russian President Vladimir Putin "played" Trump.

Schiff told Insider that as president, Trump wasn't necessarily a good target for recruitment, but his background and beliefs "did make him a good target for manipulation."

He added: "Vladimir Putin very easily figured out how to play Trump like a fiddle."

"They didn't even need to dangle gold in front of Trump," Schiff said of Russian officials. "He was actively pursuing hundreds of millions of dollars that he needed Putin's help with during the campaign and lying to the public about it. The scale of his greed was far greater than anything I saw with Richard Miller."


Schiff was referring to the Trump Organization's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump repeatedly denied having any financial interests in Russia while running for president, saying several times he had "nothing" to do with Russia, "no deals" and no "business" in the country.

But his former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, contradicted that claim, telling the House Oversight Committee in 2018 that Trump "knew of and directed the Trump-Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it."

... Schiff told Insider he's still bothered by the mystery shrouding the Trump Tower Moscow deal.

"To this day, we don't know and we will never know, what role Donald Trump's desire to build a Trump Tower in Moscow may have played in the obsequious relationship he demonstrated with Vladimir Putin, the degree to which he capitulated to the Russian leader," he said.
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