Rep. Adam Schiff Expresses "Profound Concern" Special Counsel Mueller's Findings Will Not Be Made Public


During a Q&A Friday morning at the Council on Foreign Relations (full event video/transcript here), House Intel Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff expressed his "profound concern" that Robert Mueller will not be able to complete his investigation and report publicly about his findings.

In the event that special counsel Mueller finds no wrongdoing on the part of the president or his campaign, the information would likely not be released.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF: There are undoubtedly limits on the Senate side as well—that Bob Mueller will be in possession of information we don’t have, we will be in possession of information potentially that Bob Mueller doesn’t have. The public should get all that information. And so I hope that we have the benefit of his work at the end of the day.

I don’t know at this stage whether we could move legislation like that. I would love to see something like that coupled with something to protect Bob Mueller from getting fired or Rod Rosenstein from getting fired. And the greater concern I’ve had over the last two months is Rod Rosenstein. The most effective way to cripple Bob Mueller is not by firing him, it’s by giving him a new boss that tells him you can’t look at this, you can’t look at that, and it’s time to close up shop. And if the president is given the opportunity to appoint a yes-man in that job, that’s very well what we might get and we would have no visibility into that.

What Rod Rosenstein is telling Bob Mueller right now we don’t know and we’re not likely to know if he were fired and replaced by someone else, so this is a profound concern. It’s one of the reasons why I would view the firing of Rod Rosenstein the same way I would view the firing of Bob Mueller, as its own form of Saturday Night Massacre that would bring about a constitutional crisis in the country.

But you’re absolutely right to point out there’s no guarantees of a report to the Congress or the country. But at the end of the day, we need to insist on one.

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