Schiff Accuses Intelligence Community of Withholding Ukraine Documents from Congress
House Intelligence Committee Chairman criticized the National Security Administration
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff accused the intelligence community of withholding "potentially relevant documents" from Congress regarding Ukraine.
Schiff, who particularly criticized the National Security Administration, spoke on Sunday on ABC's This Week accusing the agency of refusing to hand over documents related to Ukraine to lawmakers ahead of President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial.
"The intelligence community is beginning to withhold documents from Congress on the issue of Ukraine," he said.
"They appear to be succumbing to pressure from the administration. The NSA, in particular, is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine, but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial."
"That is deeply concerning," he said.
"And there are signs that the CIA may be on the same tragic course," Schiff added.
"We are counting on the intelligence community, not only to speak truth to power but to resist pressure from the administration to withhold information from Congress because the administration fears that they incriminate them."
Schiff's remarks came after he was asked about a recent Politico report claiming intelligence officials were urging the House and Senate intelligence committees to skip public testimony during an annual briefing on world security threats.
"Well, you know, unfortunately, I think those reports are all too accurate," he said.
"The intelligence community is reluctant to have an open hearing, something that we had done every year prior to the Trump administration because they're worried about angering the president."
Last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed a resolution to transmit two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial.
Critics slammed the House Speaker and other anti-Trump Democrats, saying the tone of the event seemed celebratory.
On Wednesday, Pelosi announced the seven lawmakers who will serve as managers to prosecute the case against Trump's impeachment trial.
Pelosi presented the Democrats' legal team while noting she emphasized "litigators" while selecting them.
“This is about the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said.
The managers are as follows:
- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff
- Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler
- House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries
- Rep. Jason Crow, D-ColoVal Demings, D-Fla