Schiff: Intel Agencies Have Gone "Dark" For Year And A Half On Counterintelligence Updates on Russia Probe

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) shared that the House Intelligence Committee hasn't received any updates on special counsel Robert Mueller's counterintelligence investigation on Russia for a year and a half. Schiff said the intelligence community and Department of Justice have gone "dark" in giving updates and have stopped fulfilling their statutory duty.

"We were getting periodic counterintelligence briefings up until the point where James Comey was fired," Schiff said Tuesday night. "At that point, the most significant counterintelligence investigation in recent history went into a black hole and the Department and the intelligence community stopped fulfilling their statutory obligation to keep us fully informed of any significant counterintelligence activity."





"So they've been dark now for a year and a half," Schiff told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. And that, I think, violates the statute. We're insisting on getting full answers now."

CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: Has the White House or the White House staff communicated directly to you their intentions vis-a-vis document production or compliance with subpoenas?

REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): You know, I had an initial get-acquainted meeting with the new White House counsel. Since that time, we have been in negotiations with the Department of Justice and the FBI to get the materials that we need on the [House] Intelligence Committee.

As you know, the Mueller investigation actually began under Comey as a counterintelligence investigation. We still don't have any of the findings of the counterintelligence investigation that goes to what possible risks of compromise there are. And so there is a statutory obligation to provide that to the Committee. In a very atypical illustration of bipartisanship vis-a-vis the Russia investigation, Mr. Nunes (R-CA) and I have sent two joint requests now to the Department demanding this information.

We're prepared if necessary to use compulsion to get it. We want Mueller to testify, we want the underlying evidence, we want to make sure we get answers.

HAYES: So I just want to make sure I understand that clearly. The counterintelligence portion of this, whatever results from that, whatever work product that resulted from that, from a counterintelligence perspective, has not been furnished to your committee at all?

SCHIFF: No, it hasn't. We were getting periodic counterintelligence briefings up until the point where James Comey was fired. At that point, the most significant counterintelligence investigation in recent history went into a black hole and the Department and the intelligence community stopped fulfilling their statutory obligation to keep us fully informed of any significant counterintelligence activity.

So they've been dark now for a year and a half. And that, I think, violates the statute. We're insisting on getting full answers now.

HAYES: That's wild.

SCHIFF: We're going to do what's necessary. It is. It really is. And I think they know they're on very weak legal footing. So we're pursuing this with all vigor. We've told them basically, we need this information, we need it now, and we're prepared to go to court to fight to get it if that's required.

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