Transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, which contradicts the committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) claims, he now “is in panic mode,” according to a report published on Wednesday, May 6.
On Tuesday, Republicans on the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees urged Schiff to release the transcripts pertaining to interviews conducted by the committee in 2017, 2018, accusing him of “blocking” them.
“For almost four years, prominent Democrat politicians and commentators alleged that President Trump colluded with Russia, with Chairman Schiff going so far as to say that he had ‘direct evidence’ of collusion,” the GOP lawmakers wrote.
“Now that these allegations have been disproven by several investigations, the American people deserve to have transparency about why public figures such as Chairman Schiff continued to promote such wild accusations,” they added.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Wednesday told Schiff in a letter that the records were ready for release, noting that he was “willing” to release the transcripts directly from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) “as to ensure we comply with the unanimous and bipartisan vote to release the transcripts.”
Good, the American people want full transparency not Adam Schiff’s selective leaking to manipulate narrative to his lap dog media lackeys.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 6, 2020
However, after receiving Grenell’s letter, Schiff’s office has reached out to heads of intelligence community agencies to ask Grenell’s role in the declassification and redaction process. According to the Fox News, the redactions were completed before Grenell took office in February.
NEW: Intel officials tell me @RepAdamSchiff had staff reach out to heads of IC agencies asking what role @RichardGrenell-a known Trump ally-may have played in the declassification/redaction process of the transcripts.
sources said it was completed before Grenell took over as DNI https://t.co/klFCOgZMMj
— Brooke Singman (@BrookeSingman) May 7, 2020
Schiff said Wednesday he will soon release the 53 transcripts that include interviews with Obama officials such as former Director National Intelligence James Clapper, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Obama adviser Benjamin Rhodes, and former Obama counselor and Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta, as Fox News reported.
The FBI documents unsealed this week showed Obama officials had apparently sought to set a perjury trap for former National Security Adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Flynn’s lawyer, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell this week also called on Schiff to make public the transcripts, accusing him of “hiding evidence and obstructing justice to protect himself.”
“The liar and leaker ≠AdamSchiff is now hiding evidence and obstructing justice to protect himself,” Powell wrote in a tweet. “If any of the transcripts he is hiding discuss @GenFlynn, it is likely Brady evidence & must be produced now.”