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'We Are Running Out of Patience': Adam Schiff Threatens to Subpoena FBI for Russia Probe Information

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/12/2019 Ramsey Touchberry

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, left, talks to committee member Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., during the committee's hearing on the Mueller report on June 12, 2019. © Manuel Balce Ceneta House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, left, talks to committee member Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., during the committee's hearing on the Mueller report on June 12, 2019. A top Democrat on Wednesday threatened to subpoena the FBI over the counterintelligence investigation from which the Russia probe evolved and to discover whether that original investigation is still ongoing.

Representative Adam Schiff, Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the FBI has not cooperated in providing answers, leaving him to threaten a subpoena for the bureau's director, Christopher Wray. As a member of the Intelligence Committee and the so-called "gang of eight" — a small group of top congressional leaders — Schiff is provided access to classified information on a routine basis. 

"We are determined to get answers, and we are running out of patience," Schiff told reporters, failing to provide a definitive timeline of when he would issue a subpoena. "If necessary, we'll subpoena the [FBI] director and require him to come in and provide those answers under oath."

Thus far, Schiff said the FBI has only provided him a "generic statement of process."

"That's not going to cut it," he continued. "If there are ongoing counterintelligence investigations involving people around the president, they must inform us. We're going to use whatever compulsion is necessary to get those answers."

Schiff's remarks came after the first in a series of hearings on Russia's attempts to subvert the 2016 presidential election, which is documented in former special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Wednesday's hearing witnesses included former FBI officials.

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Mueller's 448-page report concluded that the Russians tried to interfere in a "sweeping and systematic fashion," and that their goal was to aid then-candidate Donald Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton.

"(T)here were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election," Mueller said last month during his only public statement since he became head of the investigation. "And that allegation deserves the attention of every American."

In his opening remarks, Schiff questioned how the FBI's counterintelligence investigation of Trump differed from Mueller's criminal probe.

"Mueller's report provides no evaluation of the counterintelligence concerns raised ... he left many critical questions unanswered," Schiff said. "What happened to the counterintelligence investigation? Were there other forms of compromise, like money laundering, left out, uninvestigated or referred to other offices? Were individuals granted security clearances that shouldn't have them? And are there individuals still operating in the Administration that leave America vulnerable?"

The California Democrat added: "We are determined to find out."

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