House Republicans: Schiff Blocking Release of ‘Transcripts and Other Materials Obtained’ During Russia Probe
I thought Schiff loved transparency.
UPDATE: Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell told Schiff the materials are ready for release. If Schiff does not do it then Grenell will release the materials:
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has sent a letter to chairman Adam Schiff notifying him that transcripts of all 53 interviews, over 6,000 pages in all, have been cleared for public release. “All of the transcripts, with our required redactions, can be released to the public without any concerns of disclosing classified material,” Grenell wrote to Schiff in a letter dated May 4.
As Ed Morrissey points out, the transcripts and other materials belong to the House Intelligence Committee and not Grenell’s intelligence communities.
House Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees demanded access to “transcripts and other materials” obtained during the investigation into possible Russian investigation in the 2016 presidential election.
The Republicans who signed the letter accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of blocking access to this material.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan wrote the letter to Schiff and Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes:
In January 2017, HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] began an investigation into Russian active measures to influence the 2016 Presidential election, including whether individuals associated with the presidential campaigns worked with Russia. In March 2018, after interviewing 73 individuals and reviewing over 300,000 documents, HPSCI issued a report finding that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia. According to public reports, HPSCI voted in September 2018 to release 53 transcripts.
We understand now that Chairman Schiff is blocking the release of these transcripts. This news, if accurate, is disturbing—especially in light of Chairman Schiff’s cries in 2019 for transparency regarding allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. For almost four years, prominent Democrat politicians and commentators alleged that President Trump colluded with Russia, with Chairman Schiff going so far as to say that he had “direct evidence” of collusion. Now that these allegations have been disproven by several investigations, the American people deserve to have transparency about why public figures such as Chairman Schiff continued to promote such wild accusations.
Jordan and the twelve Republican signees hope the men will agree to release the transcripts to help with their “ongoing oversight of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
?#HappeningNow: @JudiciaryGOP and @GOPoversight Republicans demand release of @RepAdamSchiff‘s secret Russia transcripts.
The American people deserve transparency. pic.twitter.com/i63QSIs2S3
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 5, 2020
The letter comes a day after Jordan asked FBI Director Christopher Wray “to hand over all documents and communications related to the FBI’s ‘Crossfire Razor’ investigation of” former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
We have blogged about the documents recently released that give off the idea that the FBI set up Flynn.
Jordan, along with Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), told Wray about the concerning details within the documents, but also do not like that Congress has not heard from him.
Jordan and Johnson also requested that Wray make “former FBI Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap and FBI Agent Joe Pientka available for transcribed interviews about their relations related” to Flynn.
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“The Republicans who signed the letter accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of blocking access to this material.”
Take back the House in November and all this material will be exposed.
Any bets that then-outgoing-chairman Schiff will have it all shredded first?
I believe that would not be a legal act on Schiff-ace’s part, not that it would stop him, Nancy ripped up the copy of President Trump’s speech which was illegal to do as well.
However, Grenell has them. He will release them if Schiff-ace doesn’t.
Ripping up the speech was not illegal.
True. Just very, very stupid — especially in front of the cameras.
Grennell is smart enough to have kept copies. I suspect the Senate will issue a subpoena to Grennell, and he will turn them over. That’s the shortest and most direct method, and bypasses the “House can’t sue the Senate” ball of legal string that is bound to happen when Schiff goes into full huffy mode.
Take back the US Attorney General office, and all this will be exposed.
AG Barr is proving to be another boehner.
Fully expose all the stuff before the election, by any needs necessary. Then prosecute Schiff-less and the other conspirators. This conduct must be punished.
Acting Director of National Security Richar4d Grinnel has warned Rep. Schiff that if Schiff doesn’t release the transcripts, he will:
DNI takes a different view
Dear Mr Grennel…. you do realize the send and send to all buttons on your email are very close together and difficult to distinguish. It would be awful if you hit the wrong one.
Schiff needs a few of his choices taken away from him.
Schifforbrains should get two choices, would you like a blindfold and do you want a last cigarette.
1. Coup conspirators are corrupt.
2. Coup conspirators are incompetent.
Answers in the Russia prope transcripts adam schiff is hiding.
They are corrupt AND incompetent. They have known all along the MFM would cover them up for both.
I recommend that Eric Ciaramella accidentally leak it.
Schiff’s shame is understood. Another failed baby… witch hunt and warlock trial. An inquiry to expose the cover-up perpetrated by press, politicians, and partisans.
Remember: about half the country either doesn’t care about schiff’s guilt, is involved in schiff’s guilt, or even knows about any of this.
Such is the power of the swamp/left/islamic media and educational institutions we’ve allowed to be hijacked.
We either take them back by boycott, or we die from them.
Release it or Grenel will: I support Grenel!!!!
If you think Adam Schiff is a bugeyed freak now, just wait until this info gets out.
Schiff when it gets out.
He just reminds me of a Don Knotts Pez dispenser for some reason.
I so want to beat this guy.
Law Enforcement. I don’t live in the guy’s state. I don’t live in D.C. I’m not looking for him. It would be too much trouble. I don’t want to put in that much work. That face is just asking for it.
Think Schiff is seeing his career light circling the drain?