Rep. Adam Schiff is Right: For This Russia Investigation to Have integrity it Can’t be Done Behind Closed Doors
If Trump is mad at you, you’re doing something right. Trump’s been ticked at Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff lately. Good.
Schiff rankles Republicans talking Russia probe on TV
‘It’s very clear the president doesn’t want me, at least, talking about the investigation,’ the Democratic House member responds.
“When Rep. Mike Conaway took over the House investigation into Russia’s election meddling a few months back, he privately beseeched members of the Intelligence Committee to stop yakking about the probe on TV.”
“It’s safe to say the Texas Republican’s warning — aimed at projecting some semblance of bipartisan integrity on a sensitive national security matter — was not heeded.”
“Just this week, the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, got into a Twitter spat with President Donald Trump over Schiff’s persistent presence on the airwaves. Other committee members, including Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), also do frequent interviews on cable news to discuss their views on the investigation.”
“And some committee members now say the rush to the cameras is one reason that tensions on the panel are once again flaring, reminiscent of the partisan sparring that nearly derailed the investigation in the spring. The intelligence panels in both chambers have historically been a refuge from Congress’ natural state of partisan sniping.”
Schiff dismissed the complaints about his TV appearances, saying, “There’s a great public hunger for information about the investigation.” But Conaway and other members of the committee are repeating calls for lawmakers to be more judicious about going on TV.
“For me personally, it is unhelpful to the investigation for me to be out preliminarily giving my conclusions or anything like that, so that’s why I’ve chosen to not do that,” Conaway said in an interview, adding that it would be his preference for committee members to follow his lead.
I don’t see how it’s ‘unhelpful.’ But the alternative is doing it behind closed doors. The main beneficiary of this is Donald Trump as it shields him from further political embarrassment. But that’s not the rationale this investigation should be conducted on.
I just don’t think this process that Conway wants works:
“I’ve been trying to project an even-handed approach to this investigation,” he added. “I think it would serve the investigation well by waiting until all the facts are in, waiting until we write the report, to telegraph what my conclusion might or might not be.”
Schiff sees the problem with that:
Schiff defended his TV appearances.
“If we conduct this investigation wholly in secret and at the end of it we throw open the doors and say, ‘Here’s our report, you have to take our word for it,’ the country won’t,” Schiff said Thursday. “So I view the public information component as very important.”
He added: “It’s very clear the president doesn’t want me, at least, talking about the investigation. But I don’t think his interests are necessarily the same as the public interest.”
Yes. There’s no way you just hand a report and say ‘Trump’s innocent now let’s get back to trying to repeal Obamacare’ and call it a day.
There must be transparency. As it is I don’t think there’s enough. We had testimony by Kushner, Manafort, and Donald Jr. last week and we know very little of what was said. With Kushner we’re just stuck with his own statement.
Hopefully the Dems on the panel will release more information.
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