During a pleasant interview with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff on Friday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell teed up the liberal lawmaker to trash the upcoming launch of a Republican memo alleging an abuse of the FISA system in opposition to the Trump marketing campaign in 2016. She claimed the doc in query would solely present the GOP’s “profound ignorance.”
“But simply to be clear, because you’re a former federal prosecutor as nicely, the allegation that’s being made by the Republicans that somebody throughout the FBI or Justice Department might primarily trick or idiot a federal decide at FISA to problem a warrant for surveillance, is that profound ignorance about how this entire course of works? Aren’t there extra checks and balances in place?,” she requested Schiff.
Fellow co-host Gayle King adopted up on O’Donnell’s query by fretting: “What is the status, Congressman, of the Democratic response?” Schiff assured her:
Moments earlier than introducing Schiff, O’Donnell set the tone of the change by reciting a tirade from fired FBI Director James Comey:
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NORAH O’DONNELL: Fired FBI Director James Comey despatched this Twitter message final evening. It stated this, “All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field so long as good people stand up.”
California Representative Adam Schiff, rating Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has led efforts in Congress to block the discharge of the memo on surveillance. He’s with us from Fort Lauderdale for an interview you’ll see solely on CBS This Morning.” Congressman, thanks.
REP. ADAM SCHIFF [D-CA]: You wager.
O’DONNELL: The Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, stated yesterday that this memo will not be an indictment of the FBI. And then, the President tweeted this morning that it’s. What do you make of that?
SCHIFF: Well, sadly, on this case, it’s clear from the President that that is precisely the aim behind this cherry-choosing of knowledge that Devin Nunes desires to launch. This is designed to impugn the credibility of the FBI, to undermine the investigation, to give the President extra fodder to assault the investigation. And it’s an amazing disservice to the American individuals, who’re going be misled by this. By this selective use of labeled data. And greater than that, it’s a horrible new line that we’ve crossed, the place we’re going to determine, “Okay, we’re going to take this labeled data and make it public, however we’re gonna cover this labeled data so that individuals may be misled. I feel it’s a very dishonest factor to do, and folks in Congress that assist this are gonna be held to account.
JOHN DICKERSON: Congressman, what concerning the central declare the Republicans make, which is that this file, which was funded by the Democrats, was used to get the warrant to look into Carter Page, who was a part of the Trump marketing campaign? So that you’ve got, primarily, an investigation right here that comes from a partisan doc.
SCHIFF: Well, sadly, till that is launched, I can’t touch upon the underlying paperwork. But I can say, among the many adjustments that I assumed had been notable that the Chairman made after the discharge was authorized by our committee however earlier than it was despatched to the White House, is a reference to omissions that had been known as “significant omissions,” eliminated the phrase “significant.” So it could be the place now of at the very least the Chairman that what was claimed to be vital omissions are not vital. But the truth is, there isn’t any demonstration on this memo, on this deceptive memo, of a systemic abuse on the FBI, as has been posited by the President and his allies. And as a substitute, the bulk, within the curiosity of transparency, solely desires sure information to be seen and has so far refused to permit the Democratic response to be seen.
O’DONNELL: But simply to be clear, because you’re a former federal prosecutor as nicely, the allegation that’s being made by the Republicans that somebody throughout the FBI or Justice Department might primarily trick or idiot a federal decide at FISA to problem a warrant for surveillance, is that profound ignorance about how this entire course of works? Aren’t there extra checks and balances in place?
SCHIFF: There are plenty of checks and balances in place. And what’s extra, that’s a gross mischaracterization of what has occurred right here, and that’s simply an effort to undermine the FBI to do the President’s bidding. There’s no proof of a corrupt effort to acquire warrants in opposition to individuals within the Trump marketing campaign.
That’s been the President’s narrative, however there’s no proof of that. And as a substitute, what might be launched by the President over the objections of the FBI – which has known as the doc, fairly rightly, “misleading and inaccurate” – is an effort to undermine the Russian investigation. “Don’t look at what the Russians did, don’t look at what the Trump campaign did in combination with the Russian, just put the government on trial.”
GAYLE KING: Congressman, what’s the standing of –
SCHIFF: And we want to be occupied with the lengthy-time period injury executed to these establishments.
KING: Okay, what’s the standing, Congressman, of the Democratic response?
SCHIFF: Well, we’re going to attempt to power one other vote on this. The Republicans voted down the discharge of the Democratic response, which was fairly breathtaking as a result of they stated they had been providing their very own memo within the curiosity of full transparency. I don’t suppose that place may be sustained, I feel they’re gonna have to launch our memo. But what they needed to do was have this deceptive doc sit on the market for at the very least per week, gradual-stroll the Democratic response, so they might hopefully make this the narrative.
Again, it’s simply taking part in partisan politics with labeled data and it actually breaks this compact with the intelligence neighborhood and legislation enforcement that we’d deal with the data they share with us with respect, that we’d not search to abuse it for partisan functions. And it is going to imply sooner or later they’re lots much less keen to share data with us.
KING: Has the FBI’s credibility been broken right here?
SCHIFF: No, however I feel the Chairman’s credibility has been broken. And the truth that the President of the United States will blithely disregard the admonitions of each his personal FBI director and the Department of Justice, tells you all you want to learn about the place the President’s priorities are. And it’s not defending labeled data, it is not respecting the laborious-working women and men on the FBI. It’s regardless of the President deems to be in his brief-time period political curiosity.
KING: Alright, Congressman Schiff, we’ll have to depart it there. More to come, for certain. Thank you very a lot.