Ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff tore into Donald Trump and Republicans on Tuesday for interfering in the Russia investigation and, more recently, distracting the American people by pouncing on the non-story about former National Security Advisor Susan Rice doing her job.
On MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, Schiff said of White House attempts to distract from and interfere with the Russian investigation: “No matter what the White House throws at us, we’re going to be pressing forward.”
Given the repeated attempts by the White House to derail the probe, Hayes asked, “Can you be confident that the integrity of the counterintelligence investigation that we now know the FBI is undertaking can be protected and secure?”
Schiff said it’s up to the FBI to remain proactive in the investigation and assured the American people that he would not be distracted from getting to the bottom of this major scandal:
“[Trump] is not going to change. He is who he is. So if they’re making efforts at the White House to interfere with our investigation, they’re going to continue to do that throughout the investigation. Whether they will risk doing that with the FBI, I don’t know, but we need to count on the bureau to maintain the integrity of that investigation. And I can assure you no matter what the White House throws at us, we’re going to be pressing forward. We’re determined to overcome any obstacle and use every resource we have.”
Schiff concluded by saying how important it is, despite Republican efforts, that the investigation is carried out in a way that’s transparent, so people can see the evidence and trust the end result of the investigation. He plans to continue pushing for public hearings.
The Trump White House can cherry pick certain classified information to try to validate the president’s insane conspiracy theories or pounce on the latest story about Susan Rice doing her job, but Democrats are unshaken by the president’s many attempts to change the subject.