Mueller Just Spent Two Years on His Report, Yet Schiff Already Feels This Is Not Enough
'We have a right to be informed,' said the California Democrat
Perhaps it is no surprise, given how highly politicized things have become — but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has rejected reports on Friday indicating that no more indictments from special counsel Robert Mueller will be forthcoming.
Schiff suggested he would call the special counsel to testify before a House panel if necessary to learn what is in the report that he spent nearly two years working on, as Fox News is reporting late on Friday.
“If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee. I would imagine the judiciary committee may call the attorney general if necessary,” said Schiff to CNN.
“At the end of the day, the department is under a statutory obligation to provide our committee with any information regarding significant intelligence activities, including counterintelligence,” he declared.
“And it’s hard to imagine anything more significant than what Bob Mueller has been investigating.”
When Schiff was asked if he would be satisfied if “the most sensitive information” obtained by Mueller was only shared with the so-called “gang of eight,” he replied, “No, it would not suffice.”
He added, “Now, there may be a select sub-section of information they feel they can only share because of the very sensitive sources which derived the information, but he volumes of information that has been found needs to be shared with the whole committee so we can evaluate what steps have to be taken to protect the country.”
After this long investigation both sides agreed to let Mueller do his job & complete the investigation. Everyone has to acknowledge that @realDonaldTrump did not interfere in the investigation. Now the American public needs to accept the results and move on. #EnoughAlready 🇺🇸
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) March 22, 2019
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— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 23, 2019
“We’re going to need to have the same sort of discovery that we saw during the last Congress, and indeed it may be far more extensive than that, to make sure that U.S. policy is driven by U.S. interest and not because the president or anyone around him is looking to make money from the Kremlin on a tower or anything else.
Schiff neglected to answer host Wolf Blitzer’s question “as to whether or not any potential testimony would be public or behind closed doors,” as Fox News reported.
Speaking in a separate interview with MSNBC, Schiff disagreed with reports there will be no more indictments coming down the pike, saying instead that it is “entirely possible, if not likely, that there will be” more.
“Well, what it means is that the office of the special counsel, which is essentially a contract attorney to the Justice Department, that that office won’t be bringing any further indictments,” he said.
“It doesn’t mean, of course, that main justice or the Seventh District of New York and the Eastern District or others may not bring indictments.”
“In fact, given the lengthy redactions in many of the pleadings of the special counsel eluding to other investigations, I think it’s entirely possible if not likely that there will be other indictments … Now, how central or peripheral they’ll be to the core issues of potential conspiracy is yet to be determined.”
President Donald Trump’s legal team this week projected confidence that Mueller did not discover any collusion connected to the president — as the commander-in-chief has long been saying would be the case.
While Trump’s staunchest critics had felt hopeful the probe would find and hold him responsible for crimes, others feared the whole endeavor was massively biased and was more about harassment of this president than anything else.