have staged a series of “media stunts” to prevent the public learning
how FBI and Justice Department officials used Democratic-funded rumors
to justify federal surveillance of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,
says a press statement from the House Permanent Select Committee on
HPSCI statement says
the top Democrat on the intelligence oversight committee, Rep. Adam
Schiff, and his allies tried to block, hide and stifle the
revelations of improper 2016 surveillance by the FBI and the
Department of Justice:
Ranking Member [Rep.] Adam Schiff has been a ceaseless opponent of the
Committee’s attempts to collect and share information on FISA [Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978] abuses. He even denounced the
Committee’s issuance of subpoenas to the DOJ and FBI for information
the agencies were withholding from Congressional oversight.
a last-ditch effort to block publication of the HPSCI memo, Ranking
Member Schiff issued a press release complaining about minor edits the
Committee made to the memo.
edits, implemented before HPSCI voted to make the memo public,
included routine, minor technical changes and edits suggestedby the
FBI and by the Committee Minority themselves, respectively.
Member Schiff’s press release was one in a long line of media stunts
meant to oppose transparency and stifle the Committee’s investigation
of possible surveillance abuses by top officials at the FBI and DOJ.
HPSCI committee is headed by California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes.