Schiff Goes to “Panic Mode”, Transcripts Reveal Zero Evidence of Russian Collusion
In a Fox News Exclusive, an administration official claimed the release transcripts of the House Intelligence Committee interviews over the allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. The document’s release had already set House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff in “panic mode” as it would completely disprove his previous accusations.
On Wednesday, senior administration and intelligence community officials said on Fox News that the transcripts had already received clearance. The interviews would support the results from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, citing that there is no evidence that would prove any illegal coordination between Trump and Russia during his 2016 presidential bid.
What’s more important is that the interviews would disprove Schiff’s earlier allegation that there is “direct evidence” of the President’s criminal activity. In fact, a senior administration official claimed that “Schiff is in panic mode.”
Previously, the rest of the Republican Party, led by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan sent a letter to Schiff demanding for the release of the 6,000 pages of transcripts. In the letter, the Party reviewed the timeline of events leading to the HPSCI findings. The GOP claimed that in 2017, HPSCI had launched an investigation on the possibility of Russian interference during the 2016 Presidential elections. Then, in March 2018, the committee interviewed 73 individuals and reviewed a whopping 300,000 documents. However, despite the massive investigation, the committee failed to find any real evidence that would prove a Russian Collusion.
“We understand now that Chairman Schiff is blocking the release of these transcripts,” the letter read. It continued by saying that if the news were indeed correct, it would affect Schiff’s credibility, specifically when he demanded transparency on the Trump administration. Finally, the letter concluded that “the American people deserve to have transparency about why public figures such as Chairman Schiff continued to promote such wild accusations.”
Moreover, Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell informed Schiff a day later that the declassification process had been completed, and that the transcripts are ready for release.
However, Schiff pushed back by asking heads of intelligence community agencies on Grenell’s involvement in the declassification and redaction process, specifically since he was known as a strong Trump supporter. This is in spite of the fact that the HPSCI had already released the findings of its investigation. The released transcript contained 53 interviews, including those of Lewandowski, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Brad Parscale, Rick Dearborn, Trump Jr., Bannon, Kushner, and Hicks.
Other interviews that might soon be released according to the senior administration officials include Obama officials such as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former Obama adviser Benjamin Rhodes; and former Obama counselor and Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta.