Schiff Wants The Intel Community To Keep Him In The Loop On Barr’s Digging

on February 2, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, answers brief questions from the media while boarding an elevator at the U.S. Capitol Fe... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, answers brief questions from the media while boarding an elevator at the U.S. Capitol February 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is scheduled to meet later today to vote on the release of the minority rebuttal of a memo released last week by their Republican counterparts relating the committeeÕs investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has requested that the intelligence community keep him appraised of Attorney General Bill Barr’s efforts to probe the beginnings of the Russia probe.

In letters to the heads of the CIA, FBI, the National Security Agency and the Office of Director of National Intelligence, Schiff expressed concerns that Barr was seeking to “politicize” the intelligence community (IC), and could make “inappropriate and misleading disclosures of classified information and IC sources and methods for political ends.”

He is requesting that the agencies provide for the committee a briefing on what they’ve heard about the Barr’s review so far, that they turn over to the committee any materials they provide Barr, and that they inform the committee of moves by Barr to declassify those materials as well as any objections the agencies have to the declassification.

The letter was first reported by CNN.

Last week, President Trump issued a directive that ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr’s review and that gave Barr unilateral authority to declassify any information he obtained.

“In the wake of the directive, the Committee will conduct rigorous, ongoing oversight of your agency and others in the IC to ensure that the Attorney General does not abuse his new and sweeping authority,” the letter from Schiff said. “Congress, and this Committee, must serve as a check on this abuse of power to ensure that the IC can fulfill its lawful mission and law enforcement can conduct appropriately predicated investigations of powerful government officials without fear of retribution.”

Read Schiff’s letter below:

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