Adam Schiff Boasts He's 'Diving Deeply' into New Anti-Trump Investigation
Democrat says he's looking at which warnings Trump ignored on coronavirus outbreak
Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has boasted that his investigation is currently "diving deeply" into any warnings about coronavirus that President Donald Trump may have ignored.
Rep. Schiff discussed his latest anti-Trump investigation during a Sunday interview on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.”
Schiff said he is investigating which warnings from health organizations and the intelligence community that President Trump disregarded in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking with host joy Reid, Schiff suggested that ignoring any single piece of advice could be grounds for charges, despite the president receiving intel from multiple agencies and experts.
Discussing “real-time oversight,” Schiff said the committee is “right now going through our intelligence holdings.
"What did the intelligence community make us aware of at the end of last year or earlier this year?”
"Other committees are doing like analyses," Schiff continued.
“It is very important, I think, in reviewing the intelligence component to this to realize the intelligence piece is just one piece of the warnings coming to the administration.
"A lot of those warnings were in the public domain.
"They came from public health organizations, like WHO or CDC or his own National Security Council, and he ignored those warnings.”
“We are diving deeply into what does the intelligence community know.
"What resources we would bring there, and what do we need to do prospectively to better protect the country in the future," Schiff added.
"That last piece, how do we protect the country in the future, is really the mission of that independent commission we based on, we used the model of the 9/11 commission.”
On Friday, Schiff introduced legislation that would establish a commission to review the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Schiff said that it would be similar to the commission enacted after 9/11 that examined the circumstances leading up to the 2001 terrorist attacks and how government agencies handled the aftermath.
“After Pearl Harbor, September 11, and other momentous events in American history, independent, bipartisan commissions have been established to provide a complete accounting of what happened, what we did right and wrong, and what we can do to better protect the country in the future,” Schiff said in a statement.
“It is clear that a comprehensive and authoritative review will be required, not as a political exercise to cast blame, but to learn from our mistakes to prevent history from tragically repeating itself,” Schiff added.
Under the bill introduced by Schiff, who led the House impeachment process against President Trump, the commission would be ordered to “make a full and complete assessment and accounting of the preparedness of the federal government, state governments, local governments, and the private sector for the outbreak and spread of COVID–19 in the United States.”