Adam Schiff

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I think that there must have been a very strong pushback from the White House about the nature of Monday's hearing. It's hard to come to any other conclusion about why an agreed-upon meeting was canceled.
NEW Mar 24 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Adam Schiff is associated, including Russians, Clinton, and effect. Most recently, Adam Schiff has been quoted saying: “That was not in our view in the public interest and we resisted that. We strongly objected to the cancellation of this hearing.” in the article House intelligence panel chair cancels public session on Russia.
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The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both. Unfortunately I think the actions of today throw great doubt in the ability of the both the chairman and the committee to conduct the investigation the way it ought to be conducted.

I don't think it was deliberate on the director's part, but all I can tell you is reviewing the evidence that I have, I don't think you can conclude that at all, far from it. Actually, no, Chuck. I can tell you that the case is more than that. And I can't go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now … I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial, and is very much worthy of investigation.

It's the first time we've had a real sense of how fragile democracy is.

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians use the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere? We simply don't know. Not yet. And we owe it to the country to find out. This is the political equivalent of [9/11] in magnitude.

I think my role is to try to help the Democratic Party to make this investigation thorough and to make it nonpartisan. Sometimes that's playing the role of diplomat, and other times that's using the public spotlight to push the investigation forward. … If we issue a report where Democrats find one thing and Republicans find another, both sides retreat to their respective corners and nothing get revealed.

These actions raise enormous doubt about whether the committee can do its work. If you have a chairman who is interacting with the White House, sharing information with the White House, when the people around the White House are the subject of the investigation and doing it before sharing it with the committee, it puts a profound doubt over whether that can be done credibly.

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental.

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than a entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated.

We do not yet know whether the Russians had the help of US citizens, including people associated with the Trump campaign. On the other hand, if the Trump campaign, or anybody associated with it, aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of our democracy in history. Here's where we begin our investigation into Russian interference. If we are going to protect the country, we need to know exactly what the Russians did.

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than a entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians use the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don't know. Not yet. And we owe it to the country to find out.

There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception. ''There's certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation.

For a lot of Americans this is the first time to really tune in to exactly what the Russians did and what the investigation involves, and I'd like to walk through with both directors what do we know about the Russian operation? What was its breadth? Our allies, are facing the same Russian onslaught.

But there is a lot he can tell us about the Russian motivations for their intervention in our elections, how the Russians operate in Europe, what techniques they use and what we should be on the lookout for our investigation.

I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false.

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated, and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don't know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out.

The Russians successfully meddled in our democracy and our intelligence agencies have concluded they will do so again.

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated.

There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation. The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.

We feel a real sense of urgency about conducting this investigation not only thoroughly but as swiftly as possible. So anything that slows us down is a problem.

Sean Spicer today tweeted that the administration would have no further comment until this matter was investigated and who can blame him: not even Spicer wishes to have to speak to such a unsubstantiated charge.

If there is something bad or sick going on, it is the willingness of the nation's chief executive to make the most outlandish and destructive claims without providing a scintilla of evidence to support them.

No matter how much we hope and pray that this president will grow into one who respects and understands the Constitution, separation of powers, role of a free press, responsibilities as the leader of the free world, or demonstrates even the most basic regard for the truth, we must now accept that President Trump will never become that man.

I also think for the public to have confidence that any prosecutorial decision is made truly independent of the administration, that the extra remedy of a special counsel is really warranted here.

You see in many parts of Europe a retreat to nationalism, a de-emphasis on human rights. You see in the countries of our NATO allies the imprisoning of journalists. We're seeing an awful turn away from representative government, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

At this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows. There were very large areas that were walled off, and those walls are going to have to come down if we are going to do our job. The director declined to answer those questions. It was unclear whether that was a decision he was making on his own or a decision that he is making in consultation with the Department of Justice.

I would say at this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows. On the areas he was willing to discuss, we had a very in depth set of questions and answers. But there were very large areas that were walled off and those walls are gonna have to come down if we're gonna do our job.

If reports are accurate that Attorney General Sessions — a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump — met with Ambassador Kislyak during the campaign, and failed to disclose this fact during his confirmation, it is essential that he recuse himself from any role in the investigation of Trump campaign ties to the Russians.

We have reached a written agreement, the minority and the majority in the House intelligence committee, that we will investigate allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

It is essential that he recuse himself from any role in the investigation. This is not even a close call; it is a must.

If reports are accurate that Attorney General Sessions – a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump – met with Ambassador Kislyak during the campaign, and failed to disclose this fact during his confirmation, it is essential that he recuse himself from any role in the investigation of Trump campaign ties to the Russians.

If reports are accurate that Attorney General Sessions – a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump – met with Ambassador Kislyak during the campaign, and failed to disclose this fact during his confirmation, it is essential that he recuse himself from any role in the investigation of Trump campaign ties to the Russians. This is not even a close call; it is a must.

The committee has reached no conclusion on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, Russian officials or any Russian contacts – nor could we. We have called no witnesses thus far. We have obtained no documents on any counterintelligence investigation and we have yet to receive any testimony from the FBI of potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

This isn't simply about a change in policy toward Russia, as the administration would like to portray. It's what's behind that change in policy. It's not just that an administration official was caught lying. It's that the national security adviser to the president was caught lying and on a matter of central importance. So this is big.

The Trump administration has yet to be forthcoming about who was aware of Flynn's conversations with the ambassador and whether he was acting on the instructions of the president or any other officials, or with their knowledge.

If the allegations are true, (Flynn) has misled the country about something as serious as secret communications with the Russian Ambassador designed to undermine U.S. policy.

The President-Elect's statement that the Russian hacking had 'absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election' is not supported by the briefing, report, or common sense.

It is one thing to say that there was no tampering with vote tallying – which is true – it is another thing to say that the daily dumping of documents disparaging to … Clinton that was made possible by Russian cyber operations had no effect on the campaigns. The consequence of these disclosures was hugely beneficial to the President-Elect and damaging to the Clinton campaign, just as the Russians intended.

Today, Trump sided with Julian Assange - an alleged sex offender who has hidden out in the Ecuadorian embassy for years and has dumped millions of classified State Department documents that put U.S. persons at risk – rather than our country's own intelligence professionals.

That he would accept the transparently self-serving denials of the Kremlin is alarming enough, but that would now cite people like Assange who have demonstrated universal hostility to the United States and its interests takes him into new and even more treacherous territory.

We think that more has to be done. We don't think that frankly the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent. And you're going to see bipartisan support in Congress for stronger sanctions against Russia.

Since the issue is no longer a useful cudgel against Secretary Clinton, I fear the (Republican) majority's commitment to diplomatic security will once again fade, and the State Department could face cuts both to security budgets and to core diplomatic functions.

I wonder whether the tweet the president-elect sent out today is the beginning of his pivot, the beginning of his acknowledgement of the intelligence that Russia has been hacking our institutions.

That only works if the country is going to believe and our friends and allies are going to believe and indeed our adversaries are going to believe that the president means what he says.

That became a laughing point, not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say, Oh, Russia interfered.

Given President-elect Trump's disturbing refusal to listen to our intelligence community and accept that the hacking was orchestrated by the Kremlin, there is an added urgency to the need for a thorough review before President Obama leaves office next month.

It is deeply disturbing that the president-elect has time for rallies but not for regular intelligence briefings.

Russia may have concluded that they could hack American institutions and there'd be no price to pay.

Unless we establish some kind of deterrent, this is going to be unending.

Within the IC (intelligence community) there would be such massive resistance to this, it just isn't going to happen.

I don't think the incoming administration will have any interest in publishing the greater part of the document.

The most that we might expect this administration to do... is to designate it as some kind of a record that would ultimately lead to its availability through FOIA, subject to redaction.

America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.

It bears all of the hallmarks of a terror attack carried out by someone who may have been self-radicalized.

I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I'm a Muslim, it's not what media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen. But I don't blame them. It's the media that put that picture in their heads.

Here in the United States, our most immediate threat still comes from lone attackers that are not only capable of unleashing great harm, but are also extremely difficult, and in some cases, virtually impossible to identify or interdict.

While we have had our share of strong differences – principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi – I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a CIA director.

I would be worried about an impulsive president with an impulsive security adviser.

I think it would disastrous if Trump reverses a number of the president's executive policies, including repopulating Guantanamo.

Putin as an old KGB officer views the world as a zero-sum game between Russia and the U.S.. Whatever is good for the U.S. is bad for Russia and vice versa.

Any specifics of what the FBI or intelligence agencies may be looking at are not something that the bureau should be discussing publicly. But here, where the director has discussed an investigation involving one candidate, it opens the director up to claims of bias if he doesn't discuss other potential investigations.

Americans have every right to be concerned about what they see in terms of Trump advisors and their closeness with the Kremlin, Trump's policies vis-a-vis Russia, Trump's potential financial interest, all of those things ought to be of deep concern to voters.

Whether an investigation is appropriate depends on whether there's evidence of criminal connections. Of course the intelligence community wants to know what foreign influence Russia may be looking to exert in the United States.

If the director can't clean up this mess, and I hope he will try, I think he ought to acknowledge that he made a serious mistake.

The unauthorized disclosure of people's personally identifiable information is never acceptable. I have every confidence that law enforcement will get to the bottom of this, and identify the responsible parties. And when they do, I hope the Administration will disclose who is attempting to interfere with the American political process, and levy strong consequences against those responsible.

I know that the release of these pages will not end debate over the issue, but it will quiet rumors over their contents - as is often the case, the reality is less damaging than the uncertainty.

We need to resist doing things that are counterproductive.

This morning, I will be marching in the West Hollywood Pride Parade with a heavy heart, but we will march in solidarity with all those who are the victims of terrorism and hatred.

We hope this sends a strong message to ZTE, to China, and to other Chinese telecommunications companies who present serious national security risks not only by evading export controls, but by purposefully compromising supply chain security.

Addressing the use of social media by terrorists will require a sustained and cooperative effort between the technology sector, the Intelligence Community, and law enforcement.

I think we ought to be working with our partners to remove the leadership of ISIS that has been sent from Iraq and Syria to organize. That is not a permanent solution, but it does have an impact on their operational capability.

While we continue to gather information about the threat made against the Los Angeles and New York School Departments, the preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax or something designed to disrupt school districts in large cities.

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