The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), reported in a Tuesday interview that Democrats on the committee will be releasing their own report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, who interviewed Schiff, said that the minority report will both “seek to rebut the GOP conclusions” and “detail all the investigative avenues that House Republicans declined to take — the interviews that they didn’t conduct, and the leads that they didn’t try to chase down and verify.”
Schiff told Sargent that the Democrat’s report will focus on information that Republican’s “didn’t permit to influence their conclusions,” in Sargent’s words.
“There’s no way for them to reach the conclusions that they want to start with unless they ignore or mischaracterize what we’ve been able to learn,” Schiff told the Sargent.
“We will be presenting evidence of collusion, some of which is in the public domain and apparent to everyone willing to see it, and other facts that have not yet come to public light,” Schiff said separately. “I fully expect that the majority will omit many of these facts in its report and mischaracterize others.”
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), who led the committee’s investigation, said on Monday that the committee had concluded the interview and information gathering portion of the investigation, and the GOP would share their draft report with Democrats on Tuesday. According to a one page summary of the draft report, Republicans maintain that they found “no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” and concurred with “the Intelligence Community Assessment’s judgments, except with respect to Putin’s supposed preference for candidate Trump.”
Schiff criticized the Republicans on the committee saying their actions were “another capitulation to the executive branch.”
Schiff told Sargent that he believed the Democrats report would “be on a similar page to the analysis by the Senate [Intelligence Committee].”
The Senate committee’s investigation is supposedly less partisan and Schiff declared that “House Republicans are likely to be out on a political lark.”
Credit: Talking Points Memo