House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that any counterintelligence info that Mueller has uncovered has to be given to the House Intel committee.
Rep. Schiff said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
Today, the Attorney General has informed Congress and the public that the Special Counsel has concluded his investigation and submitted a report of his findings. That report needs to be released to the public.
Pursuant to the Special Counsel regulations, Mueller’s report is likely to focus on his prosecutorial decisions and may not shed necessary light on counterintelligence findings of profound significance to our committee and the nation — whether the President or others around him have been compromised by a foreign power.
The Mueller investigation, like our own probe, began as a counterintelligence inquiry into whether individuals associated with the Trump campaign were compromised by a hostile foreign nation. By law, the evidence he has uncovered on all counterintelligence matters must now be shared with the House Intelligence Committee, whether it resulted in indictment or not.
We will insist that the Justice Department meet its statutory obligations and be transparent with our Committee and the public. Anything less would be negligent in the service of our national security.
Rep. Schiff may force Trump to release Mueller findings
Since the Mueller investigation was focused on the Russian interference in the 2016 election, almost every area of the probe would touch on something that could fall under the jurisdiction of the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. Schiff’s point was that a few bullet points or a rewritten report by the attorney general are not going to cut it.
Trump is going to have to turn over findings that relate to counterintelligence. Schiff short-circuited any attempt by the administration to hide information. Adam Schiff remains ten steps ahead of Trump, and if the president tries to bury the Mueller report, Rep. Schiff will make him regret it.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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