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SoCal Rep. Adam Schiff says Russian intervention is clear

File: U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) talks on his phone while he is riding the House subway Jan. 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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File: U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) talks on his phone while he is riding the House subway Jan. 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Adam Schiff, who also serves as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released a statement on Friday on Russian interference in the presidential election.

“The report makes it clear that the Russian intervention was directed by Putin himself," the statement reads, "and was designed not only to sow discord in the United States, but was also motivated by the desire to help Donald Trump’s election chances by discrediting Secretary Hillary Clinton."

Two weeks from Friday, President-elect Trump will be sworn into office. Ahead of the release of that report, Schiff took time away from inauguration preparations to speak with KPCC, sharing his outlook on Trump's upcoming administration, the inauguration — and his relationship with the intelligence community.

Trump has been critical of the intelligence community's claims that Russia interfered with the election, most recently denouncing the information presented to him by senior officials.

"[President-elect Trump] is going to rely on them whether he likes it or not," Schiff said. "At some point if we have a crisis he’s going to come before the American people and he’s going to want the American people to rely on the information that he’s getting. And if he’s doing so much to belittle them now, he’s undermining his own ability to persuade the country whatever action he thinks is warranted is supported by good insight and intelligence."

Schiff said that in the weeks following Trump’s general election win, hundreds of concerned voters called his office — some losing sleep, others having trouble eating. But the congressman, whose district includes Burbank and Hollywood, also balanced dozens of incoming demands for inauguration tickets.

“I’ve never heard anything quite like it to be honest,” Schiff said. “I’ve never seen an election have this visceral an impact on people as this one.”

Interview highlights

On issues he plans to pay attention to during Trump's time in office

On how his office has been preparing for the inauguration

On what he tells concerned constituents

KPCC will broadcast the inauguration live on Friday, Jan. 20.