Rep. Adam Schiff: House Intelligence Committee Not Out Of The Game | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Rep. Adam Schiff: House Intelligence Committee Not Out Of The Game | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>I COULD HAVE USED ADAM
SCHIFFS HELP TWO YEARS AGO GETTING DOCUMENTS FROM A
DIFFERENT WHITE HOUSE, SO I APPLAUD HIM FOR FINALLY COMING
TO THE FULL REALIZATION YOU NEED DOCUMENTS TO BE ABLE TO CONDUCT
AN INVESTIGATION. I FULLY EXPECT THIS WHITE HOUSE
TO PROVIDE ALL DOCUMENTS THAT ARE NOT OTHERWISE LEGALLY
PROTECTED. I HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THEY
WERE NOT. I THINK THOSE DOCUMENTS WILL BE
PROVIDED IN TIME TO CONDUCT FULSOME INTERVIEWS NECESSARY.
I SMILE A LITTLE BIT AT THE IRONY OF CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF
COMPLAINING ABOUT A WHITE HOUSE THAT WON’T PRODUCE DOCUMENTS.
I SWEAR I COULD HAVE USED HIS HELP OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS.
>>JOINING US NOW, RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SELECT
COMMITTEE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF, THANK YOU FOR BEING
ON THE SERVICE THIS MORNING. >>IT’S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU.
>>I WONDER IF YOU COULD FIRST COMMENT ON THE BANNON NEWS, HIS
REMOVAL FROM THE NSC? >>I THINK IT’S A VERY POSITIVE
STEP. HE CERTAINLY INTRODUCED A
POLITICAL ELEMENT THAT DOESN’T LONG THERE.
FROM MY OWN POINT OF VIEW, HE DOESN’T LONG IN THE WHITE HOUSE
EITHER. THIS IS I HOPE A FIRST AND VERY
POSITIVE STEP. CERTAINLY IF IT SHOWS GENERAL
McMASTER IS GETTING THE AUTHORITY HE WAS PROIMSED TO GET
HIS PERSONNEL DECISIONS TO CONSOLIDATE DECISION OVER THE
NSC, I HOPE IT WILL RESULT IN A POLICY LESS FOCUSED ON MAKING
OBAMA FOR THINGS AND WHAT ARE THE DECISIONS WE NEED TO MAKE IN
SYRIA. I WOULD HOPE THE PRESIDENT RIGHT
NOW ASKING HIM, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS, WHAT ARE THE DIPLOMATIC
OPTIONS, IF NECESSARY, WHAT IS THE LEGAL BASIS TO USE FORCE, IF
THAT’S NECESSARY. WHAT ARGUMENT DO WE NEED TO MAKE
WITH THE RUSSIAN, AFTER ALL, THEY ARE THEIR CLIENT.
THEY BROKERED A DEAL. ASSAD CLEARLY DIDN’T COMPLY WITH
IT. I’M HOPING THE REMOVAL OF BANNON
AND CONSOLIDATION IN AUTHORITY IN McMASTER RESULT IN A MORE
SOUND POLICY. >>DO YOU WANT TO RESPOND WITH
TREY GOWDY. HE TALKED ABOUT YOU BEING LESS
THAN FORTHCOMING WITH DOCUMENTS AT TIMES.
>>THE IRONY DURING BENGHAZI, I WAS URGING WE ALLOW THE WHITE
HOUSE AND STATE DEPARTMENT AUTOMATE SEARCHES TO USE
WHATEVER TERMS MR. GOWDY WANTED AND GET DOCUMENTS MORE QUICKLY.
THEY DIDN’T WANT TO DO. THAT I THINK THEY WANTED TO
FIGHT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT.
I THINK MR. GOWDY’S CHIEF ARGUMENT IS I DON’T WANT IT TO
BE RUN LIKE THE BENGHAZI WAS, THAT WAS A POLITICAL INSTRUMENT.
>>THAT WOULD BE THE WORST THING POSSIBLE FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION
TO COME. >>CONGRESSMAN, RICHARD HAASE
HERE, DO YOU THINK THEY CAN CLAIM THE LEGITIMACY HERE AND
THE PERCEPTION THEY CAN CARRY OUT A INVESTIGATION OR DO YOU
THINK IT’S BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE GAME AND IT’S UP TO THE SENATE
OR SOME OTHER MECHANISM. >>IT CERTAINLY HASN’T BEEN
TAKEN OUT OF THE GAME. WE ARE FULLY ONE-HALF OF THE
RESOURCES DEVOTED TO THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION.
SO THERE IS NO WAY THAT WE CAN WALK AWAY FROM OUR
RESPONSIBILITY. THERE IS CERTAINLY A CLOUD OVER
IT ON THE BASIS OF THE CHAIRMAN’S EVENING RENDEZVOUS AT
THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE WAY THE WHITE HOUSE TRIED TO EFFECTIVELY
USE THE COMMITTEE TO LAPDER THE INVESTIGATION.
>>THAT CLOUD WILL PERSIST T. SPEAKER SAID NONETHELESS THIS
CHAIRMAN WILL CONTINUE TO RUN THE INVESTIGATION.
WE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT FACT UNTIL AND UNLESS THERE IS A
DECISION BY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO ESTABLISH A FULLY
INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. NONETHELESS, WE ARE NOW IN THE
PROCESS OF AGREEING ON OUR INITIAL WITNESS LIST.
I THINK WE MADE A LITTLE PROGRESS ON THAT.
WE’LL BE SCHEDULING PEOPLE TO COME IN BEFORE THE COMMITTEE.
WE CONTINUE TO REVIEW DOCUMENTS. AND WE CONTINUE TO PRESS THE
WHITE HOUSE TO SHARE THESE DOCUMENTS THAT NOW ONLY THE
CHAIRMAN AND I HAVE SEEN AT THE WHITE HOUSE, APART FROM OUR
STAFF WITH THE FULL COMMITTEE T. PRESIDENT DID MAKE IT CLEAR TO
ME WHEN I MET WITH HIM, HE HAD NO OBJECTION TO PEOPLE HAVING
ACCESS TO THESE DOCUMENTS. IT IS APPARENTLY HIS STAFF THAT
ARE OBJECTING AND YOU WOULD THINK IF THESE DOCUMENTS WERE SO
INSINUATING AS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT THEY WOULD WANT
THE FULL COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO REVIEW THEM, SO LET’S PUT THEM
TO THE TEST. LET’S SEE IF THEY WILL BACK UP
THE PRESIDENT’S WORDS ON THIS. >>CONGRESSMAN, OBVIOUSLY, THE
PRESIDENT HAS WE HEARD YOUR CONCERNS AND HAS WE HEARD YOUR
VERSION OF THE STORY AND HOW IT UNFOLDED FOLLOWING YOUR MEETING
WITH HIM, WHERE HE SAID THAT HE WOULD PRESENT YOU WITH THE
DOCUMENTS. YOU HAVE YET TO BE PRINTED WITH
THE DOCUMENTS. IT’S BEEN A FEW DAYS NOW SINCE
YOUR MEETING. GIVEN ALL OF THAT, IS THIS A
PRESIDENT THAT YOU TRUST? >>AGAIN, I DON’T THINK IT’S MY
VERSION THE WHITE HOUSE HASN’T QUARRELLED WITH WHAT THE
PRESIDENT SAID. THEY SIMPLY DON’T AGREE WITH HIS
RECOMMENDATION APPARENTLY, IN TERMS OF TRUSTING THE PRESIDENT,
YOU KNOW, LOOK, I HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION TO TRY
TO HELP RUN AND THAT REQUIRES ME SIMPLY TO FOLLOW THE EVIDENCE
WHERE IT LEADS, IT DOESN’T REQUIRE ME TO HAVE TRUST OR LACK
OF TRUST IN THE PRESIDENT. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I FIND IT
ENORMOUSLY DISTRESSING THAT THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF WILL LEVEL
ACCUSATIONS AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMITTING A CRIME AND NOW
SUSAN RICE OF COMMITTING A CRIME WITHOUT PUTTING FORWARD ANY
EVIDENCE. BUT YOU KNOW, EQUALLY TROUBLING,
IS THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, IN THE MEETING, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH
ONE OF OUR STRONGESTER ALLIES, ANGELA MERKEL, HE WOULD DO
THINGS DELIBERATELY INSULTING TO REPORTEDLY HAND HER A BILL FOR
AMOUNTS DUE LIKE SHE IS A DEBTOR OR A DEADBEAT OF SOME KIND.
THAT’S THE KIND OF THING YOU DO IF YOU WANT TO DIRECTLY SABOTAGE
AN IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP. I DON’T SEE WHY THAT WOULD
BENEFIT THE UNITED STATES ANYWAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT TRUST, BUT IT IS ABOUT WHETHER THESE
ACTIONS ARE DAMAGING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.
>>JOE. >>CONGRESSMAN, OBVIOUSLY, WE
AGREE WITH MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE SAID THIS MORNING, IF YOU WATCH
ANY OF THE SHOW. WE ALSO HAVE BEEN TALKING TO
DAVID IGNACIOUS AND OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THE INTEL COMMUNITY AND
THE INVESTIGATION. SHORT OF ADOPTING THIS 95-5
RULE. IF RUSSIA AND TRUMP COLLUSION,
THAT INVESTIGATION IS 95% OF THE STORY.
THEN PERHAPS IMPROPER MASKING, LEAK, 5% OF THE STORY.
WE ARE CRITICAL OF TRAY GOWDY WHEN OTHER REPUBLICANS TRIED TO
MAKE THAT ALL ABOUT LEAKS, BUT DO YOU AGREE AMERICAN VERSUS A
RIGHT TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE POSSIBLE TRUMP-RUSSIA
COLLUSION AS WELL AS WHETHER THE NAMES OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
OFFICIALS WERE IMPROPERLY UNMASKED AND THEN LEAKED.
CAN CONGRESS AND THE PRESS DO TWO THINGS AT ONCE WHILE KEEPING
PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT THE BIGGER STORY IS?
>>OH, ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY.
WE REALLY NEED TO THERE HAVE BEEN AS YOU KNOW, JOE, YOU
PROBABLY HAVE RAISED THIS IN THE PAST, CONCERNS AMONG CIVIL
LIBERTARIANS ABOUT A WHOLE RANGE OF UNDER SURVEILLANCE PRACTICES
AND PROCEDURES, INCLUDING WHETHER MINIMIZATION IS BEING
DONE CORRECTLY OR WHETHER THERE IS, YOU KNOW, BACK DOOR UNDER
SURVEILLANCE GOING ON, WHERE FOREIGN PARTIES HAVE THE REAL
INTENT OF FIGURING OUT WHO THEY ARE TALKING TO BACK IN THE
UNITED STATES. THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE
CONSTANTLY OVERSEE ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE.
IT’S A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR ACTIONS ARE GETTING THE INFORMATION TO
PROTECT THE COMPANY ALSO PROTECTING OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES
AND OUR PRIVACY. SO, YES, WE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD
AN, IN FACT, THAT’S WHAT WE WERE DOING.
THE CHAIRMAN SAID HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT.
THAT I SAID, GREAT, LET’S REQUEST THE INFORMATION THE
AGENCIES HAVE AND WE DID. WHERE WE GOT OFF TRACK WAS WHEN
THE WHITE HOUSE TRIED TO SPOON FEED THE COMMITTEE
SURREPTITIOUSLY, A SUBSET OF THAT INFORMATION.
YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IF THAT ISSUE AND THE LEAK ISSUE
ARE THINGS THEY SHOULD LOOK AT IN THE COURSE OF BUSINESS.
>>SO THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CONCERNS ME, I AM GLAD TO
HEAR THIS FROM YOU, IT SEEMS TO BE A ZERO SUM GAME FOR SOME
PEOPLE IN POLITICS AND ALSO IN THE MEDIA, THAT YOU MUST EITHER
INVESTIGATE RUSSIA AND TRUMP AND POSSIBLE COLLUSION THERE OR YOU
MUST INVESTIGATE SUSAN RICE AND IMPROPER UNMASKING AND IMPROPER
LEAKING AND, OF COURSE, I’M NOT PUTTING THAT ON SUSAN RICE.
I’M HOPING, THOUGH, THAT YOU ALL WILL AGGRESSIVELY INVESTIGATE
BOTH. BECAUSE AS REPUBLICANS, SOME
GOOD REPUBLICANS HAVE RIGHTLY SAID WHAT RUSSIA DID TO
REPUBLICAN — THE DEMOCRATS IN 2016, THEY CAN DO TO REPUBLICANS
IN 2020. THE SAME IS TRUE ABOUT UNMASKING
AND LEAKING IF THAT ACTUALLY OCCURRED, RIGHT?
>>THAT’S ACTUALLY TRUE. INDEED WHEN THE CHAIRMAN AND I
HAMMERED OUT WEEKS AGO WHAT THE SCOPE OF OUR INVESTIGATION WOULD
BE, IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO GOP MEMBERS WE LOOK AT LEAKS.
DEMOCRATS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT, TOO.
IT’S BEEN A OMNI PRESENT PROBLEM FOR ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH
PARTIES, WE DID INCLUDE THAT IN THE SCOPE OF OUR INVESTIGATION.
>>THAT IS A PART OF OUR MUTUAL AGREEMENT.
>>THAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK AT.
I DO THINK IT IS AN EFFORT OF MISDIRECTION FOR THE PRESIDENT
TO SAY, DON’T LOOK AT THE RUSSIA STUFF.
THAT’S A FAKE STORY. >>RIGHT.
>>THESE ARE THE ONLY ISSUES THAT MATTER.
I TAKE STRONG ISSUE WITH THAT. >>WE TAKE STRONG ISSUE AND IT’S
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDER LINE NO MATTER WHAT CAMS OUT
ABOUT UNMASKING, NO MATTER WHAT COMES OUT ABOUT MASKING, DONALD
TRUMP’S TWEETS ABOUT WIRETAPPING TRUMP TOWERS WAS A LIE, IS A
LIE, WILL ALWAYS BE A LIE.

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48 Replies to “Rep. Adam Schiff: House Intelligence Committee Not Out Of The Game | Morning Joe | MSNBC”

  1. Question is, who is in trump's ear (more) now? Seeing how the crazies (i.e., Alex Jones) are talking about Jared Kushner as the WH intel leak, i'm guessing he's winning the power struggle at this point. I welcome the implosion.

  2. Trey Gowdy and other repubs did nothing except stall for eight years, they didn't need any stinking documents

  3. The racist, hate-filled group that refuses to see Trump's clownish ignorance may listen to Bannon if he's ushered from the White House and his loyalties turn. Unfortunately, if his love affair with Trump ends just as his infatuation with Palin did, Bannon will probably just begin the search for another mindless puppet with whom he can resume his role as Rasputin/Wormtongue/Propagandist-in-Chief…

  4. Funniest Trump excuse yet…'We only had Bannon on the NSC because we didn't trust Flynn"…..ROTFLMAO! Flynn is sitting in the background counting up all the Trump allies he's gonna CRUCIFY when he testifies….Brilliant!

  5. This Republican Congress has been an obstruction for 10 years now!!!It's time people open our eyes! !!

  6. I agree with Sheriff's we need to get them out the whitehouse. we don't know what they have shared just please don't by the fact they are stepping down. its to take eyes off. Sessions also

  7. "I have no reason to believe they will not" Says Trey Gowdy…..only an infant or a republican can say that in this political atmosphere, or maybe he skipped history class about Nixon. I'm sure he has ALL the trust in the world for those in the white house and all the self serving interest as well. Keep in mind we are not talking about illegal wire tapping your opponents but of TREASON.

  8. Trump is obviously trying to weaken America by insulting our world allies and American institutions and complimenting America's foes

  9. why to even ask if there are collusion between kremlin gang and trump crew – look what is happening in syria. tillerson had nothing to say about it, trump's family member who out of sudden become political expert went to iraq. who do you think he will really meat with there?

  10. Adam Schiff can try to get a confirmation from general H.R. McMaster, so the Intel Committee can conclude that they don't have access to the documents.

    Susan Rice can't explain anything about the documents if the current National Security Adviser see them as too sensitive to share with the Intel Committee. She can only give general explanations for why she unmasked names.

    None of the committee members can ask any meaningful questions if they don't have access to the documents.

  11. Trump's insulting behaviour towards Angela Merkel was shameful. Germany is a key American ally, and Angela herself is one of the great politicians of the past 50 years.

  12. What a shocker that hair lip would blame Democrats, Republicans caused Benghazi by reduced Embassy security monies for Benghazi by $305,000.00 Million leaving them vulnerable, Hillary Clinton even warned them a year earlier when they introduced the reduction that Western lives could be at risk, they didn't care! Now they care even less!

  13. 1) Let's move on Rep. Gowdy to the NOW. Stop denying the fact that Trump is under FBI investigation and start living up to the OATH of office. The scope of an investigation takes in all of the knowledge that can be found, so yes we are all interested in 'leaks' of information as PART of the investigation, however, it is NOT a neither/ nor proposition.
    2) Keep up the terrific work Rep. Schiff. Don't know how you keep your sanity.

  14. Mika's face as Schiff says "now I hope that the president is asking McMaster all these types of questions…." Her expression was basically…you know Adam, as do I, that there's more chance of an over cooked turkey asking McMaster those questions…

  15. Bannon has left, the rats are deserting the ship, why wouldn't they if they are going to be investigated and impeached!

  16. "I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…

    except for the Flynn thing,

    and the Manafort thing …

    and the Tillerson thing

    and the Sessions thing

    and the Kushner thing

    and the Carter Page thing

    and the Roger Stone thing

    and the Felix Sater thing

    and the Boris Ephsteyn thing

    and the Rosneft thing

    and the Gazprom thing

    and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing

    and the Azerbajain thing

    and the "I love Putin" thing

    and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing

    and the Sergey Kislyak thing

    and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing

    and the Russian Business Interests thing

    and the Alex Schnaider thing

    and the hack of the DNC thing

    and the Guccifer 2.0 thing

    and the Mike Pence "I don’t know anything" thing

    and the Russians mysteriously dying thing

    and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing

    and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing

    and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing

    and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing

    and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing

    and the Cyprus bank thing

    and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing

    and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing

    and the election hacking thing

    and the GOP platform change on the Ukraine thing

    and the Steele Dossier thing

    and the Leninist Bannon thing

    and Sally Yates prevented from testifying thing

    and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing

    and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all "fake news" thing …

    and Spicer’s Russian Dressing "nothing’s wrong" thing …

    so there’s probably nothing there…

    since the swamp has been drained, these people would never lie. It is probably why Nunes canceled the investigation meetings and the Senate now has taken over. All of this must be normal? Right?  Right guys?

  17. A good report right until the end and Joe has to screw it up. He ends with "…..was a lie. Is a lie. Will always be a lie." First off, I've been saying this from the beginning. Trump didn't make up the lie. He believed idiots who were either lying themselves or they to were believing someone else…..etc. Im not defending Trump at all. He's a despicable human to be sure. But you definitely can't end with "will always be a lie." Because there is no way to know that. I realize that the chances that Obama ever did such a thing is practically nil, but you still can't say ALWAYS. What if next month they actually did find evidence that Obama did that. You would be looking quite the fool Joe.

  18. Let me see. Next there will be an investigation of the investigation itself. Very sad for the USA and the world.

  19. Rep. Schiff, the Shady Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who was financially aided by the George Soros-financed MoveOn.org to win his Congressional seat.  He is an Obama Hit Man,  pushing lies with his corruption.  Has now destroyed his career,  the American People will not allow Corruption.

  20. Adam Schiff being the head of the House Intelligence Committee is like Nancy Pelosi being a participant on America's Next Top Model.

  21. 2yrs ago Schiff is on TV establishing that he is against Trump. Now he is on the committee investigating the President of the United States. You don't have to look hard for conspiracy. He's all over the TV doing it in front of everyone. That's evidence.

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