Adam Schiff Reacts After House Intel Committee Votes to Release Nunes Memo: ‘Very Sad Day’
The House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to publicly release the memo that was written by committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and his staff. The memo purportedly shows potential FISA abuses in the course of the Russia probe, with some speculating that it could target Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
After the GOP members of the committee were able to vote for the release of the memo along a party-line vote —
and block the release of a Democratic-authored memo — Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared before reporters to discuss the breaking news.
After dinging the GOP members for blocking the release of a memo representing the minority views on the committee, Schiff then expressed his disappointment that the committee went down this route:
“We have votes today to politicize the intelligence process. To prohibit the FBI and the department of justice from expressing their concerns to our committee and to the house and to selectively release to the public only the majority’s memo without the full facts. A very sad day I think in the history of this committee. As I said to my committee colleagues during this hearing, sadly, we can fully expect that the President of the United States will not put the national interests over his personal interests, but it is a sad day indeed when that is also true of our own committee because today this committee voted to put the president’s personal interests, perhaps their own political interests above the national interests in denying themselves, even the ability to hear from the department and the FBI.”
Schiff would later note that the president has five days to decide if he will agree with the committee and release the memo. Last week, Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter saying that the release of the memo would be extremely “reckless,” something that reportedly made Trump erupt in anger.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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