Rep. Adam Schiff shames Republicans after they scuttled the Russia investigation to run interference for Donald Trump.
Schiff, the Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, blasted Devin Nunes and others for letting Trump off the hook by failing to interview key people. He refuted claims made in the Republican memo that states there was no collusion on the part of the Trump campaign.
The 22-page Democratic rebuttal to the GOP report states that there are 30 key witnesses that the committee has yet to interview. New witnesses were discovered by the committee during the course of the investigation, yet Devin Nunes and Mike Conaway didn’t bother bringing them before the committee for testimony.
Schiff said, “The American people need to know whether the Russians still have something they can hold over the president’s head. The President Of The United States. So our work is far from done. And we will be submitting to the public a detailed account of what we have learned to date and the work that has to be done if not by us then by others so that the country can be sure that it’s administration is acting in the best interests of the country and not because of leverage the Russians may have over the President Of The United States. And I would invite my colleagues to share their thoughts as well.”
The names of some of the people who should have testified before the committee include K.T. McFarland, Reince Priebus, Stephen Miller, Sean Spicer, Tera Dahl, Joseph E. Schmitz and Keith Kellogg. KT McFarland, who was former NSA Mike Flynn’s deputy, had to withdraw from an ambassadorship nomination after it was discovered she lied under oath about interactions with Russians.
The report states that “individuals with knowledge about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian emissaries, the stated purpose of which was to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton, including Natalia Veselnitskaya, who offered to cooperate, and Roman Beniaminov, were not called to testify.
The Democrats also called out the Republicans on the committee for failing to interview persons tied to the Trump campaign’s digital operation, including contractors from Cambridge Analytica. There was documented evidence that Cambridge Analytica sought to obtain stolen DNC emails from Wikileaks. Devin Nunes looked the other way and gave them a pass.
The Republicans also ignored:
Individuals or groups who were involved in or may have knowledge of third-party political outreach from the Kremlin to the Trump campaign, including persons linked to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and who can shed light on the NRA’s relationship with Alexander Torshin, a close ally of Russian President Putin, such as Maria Butina,
Paul Erickson, and Cleta Mitchell;
U.S. government officials and experts focused on election security, such as officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Association of Secretaries of State, the Department of Homeland Security, and key employees from CrowdStrike.
The majority also ignored the hacking of the emails, giving Wikileaks a pass. Never mind the fact that Donald Trump touted Wikileaks stolen email dump more than 146 times towards the end of the presidential campaign.
Hacking and dissemination of campaign emails. The Intelligence Community (IC) has made it clear that Russia relied on third-party entities, or “cutouts,” such as WikiLeaks, Guccifer 2.0, and DC Leaks to publicly disseminate with plausible deniability information stolen from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Our investigation must explore precisely how the Russians executed this cyber operation, and how they communicated with and shared the stolen cache with these cutouts. Outstanding questions include: Did the Trump campaign receive advanced knowledge of or access to stolen information; did the stolen documents inform any of their campaign activity, including voter persuasion and targeting; and what was the chain of custody of the hacked and stolen emails that were then weaponized and strategically released?
The report claims that Putin didn’t favor Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. It is common knowledge that Vladimir Putin hated Hillary Clinton and wanted to see her defeated. So, that means, he did favor her opponent.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who went overboard with the Benghazi fixation, admitted that Russian interference into the presidential election was motivated to some degree “by a desire” to hurt Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) had to give a half-repudiation of the GOP report when challenged by CNN’s Manu Raju. He had to admit that Russia wasn’t helping Clinton. Um, so if they weren’t helping her then they were helping her opponent. The GOP report, like the Devin Nunes memo, is literally falling apart in a matter of hours and it’s not even out in its entirety yet.
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