Adam Schiff Says the American People Deserve the ‘Benefit of an Open Hearing’


California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released a statement this morning on Rep. Devin Nunes’ abrupt decision to cancel hearings this week, just as former acting attorney general was scheduled to speak:

Schiff’s question is a good one, and he is not alone in demanding answers Nunes has so far been refusing to give. He was joined this morning by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who told “CBS This Morning,”


“I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do. I’ve been around for quite a while and I’ve never heard of such thing.”

McCain added, “There’s so much out there that needs to be explained by the chairman.”

After all that we’ve seen from the conduct of Nunes, McCain’s call, blunt as it was, is an understatement. As Schiff explained in his statement this morning, Sally Yates has valuable information to impart to the American people.

This is information Donald Trump clearly does not want to see revealed, and as Rep. Eric Swalwell told Morning Joe this morning, everything that we are seeing has been done “because the White House wanted it to be done.”

Trump’s desperation is showing and it is not fooling anyone who doesn’t want to be fooled. If he learned any lessons from Richard Nixon, this amateurish political theater shows they were all the wrong lessons.

Whatever it is that Donald Trump wants so badly to cover up that he is still ranting about Hillary Clinton at this late date, it must be explosive. Nunes has done his best to protect the president, but his prevarications can succeed for only so long before the call for an independent commission pays dividends for the American people.