House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped fellow California Democrat Adam Schiff to lead the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence.
Pelosi said in the announcement that Schiff, who previously served as the committee’s Ranking Member, would put an end to “Republican partisan antics and complicity in the President’s attempts to cover up the facts of the Trump-Russia connection.”
“Today, it is my privilege to name Congressman Adam Schiff as the Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. His distinguished service on this committee, most recently as Ranking Member for the last four years, will be an essential and urgently needed asset as the Congress honors our oath to secure and defend the Constitution and protect the American people,” Pelosi said via the Washington Examiner.
“In the face of unprecedented assaults on our democratic institutions and the rise of new, complex national security threats, Congressman Schiff’s powerful intellect, deep legal expertise and steadfast leadership will be vital in keeping our country and communities safe,” Pelosi continued. “After years of Republican partisan antics and complicity in the President’s attempts to cover up the facts of the Trump-Russia connection.”
Schiff was repeatedly critical of former House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for his handling of the committee’s own investigation into alleged Russian interference and collusion. Schiff and Nunes accused one another of releasing classified information to the media.
As the Washington Examiner also reports, Schiff has promised to aid the Muller investigation by handing over full unredacted transcripts of congressional testimonies of witnesses.
“We hope, as one of our first acts, to make the transcript of our witnesses fully available to the special counsel for any purpose, including the bringing of perjury charges, if necessary, against any of the witnesses, but also to see the evidence that they contain and help flesh out the picture for the special counsel,” Schiff said to CNN, per the Washington Examiner. “We also really immediately went to work in reaching out to private institutions to lay the foundation to get records as soon as our committee is constituted.”
Schiff, however, did not name who he thought could be at risk of being caught lying to Congress. The California Democrat’s comments come after the House Intelligence Committee voted last month to release the transcript of a 2017 closed-door meeting with Roger Stone, a former confidant of President Trump, to Mueller’s office.
A grand jury impaneled for Mueller’s team to help with the federal Russia investigation was extended for half a year.
“Well, he’s clearly not done,” Schiff said of the special counsel. “There’s more work for the grand jury. Now, whether that is a full six months’ more work or some portion less than that, clearly, there are other potential charges that he must be considering. There’s no purpose for a grand jury I think otherwise.”
“I think Bob Mueller, by virtue of the fact that he has been able to conduct this investigation using tools that we didn’t have in our committee, meaning compulsion, is in a better position to determine, OK, who was telling the truth, who wasn’t, and who could I make a case against in terms of perjury?” Schiff continued in the CNN interview, via CNN.
And, “We have a rise of authoritarianism around the world, a real rise of autocracy. This is a real danger, a present danger for the United States, this rise of authoritarianism, and we need to better understand it, and we need to figure out a better strategy to counter it.”