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 November 29, 2022

Adam Schiff says he would have to 'consider the validity' of a GOP subpoena before he complied

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke to journalists about how he would respond to comments made about his investigations in Congress, according to a report by Breitbart News.

The lawmaker made his remarks on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he would have to think about the legality of the subpoena before he complied with it.

Anchor Dana Bash said, "The incoming oversight chair, James Comer, told Punchbowl News in an interview, 'I don't believe congressional investigations have a whole lot of credibility now. I blame Adam Schiff for that, but it's also both parties to blame for investigations in the past. I want to change that.' What's your response?" Bash questioned.

Schiff said, "Comer doesn't believe in the Russia investigation, in the Ukraine investigation, he doesn't believe in the investigation of January 6th.

"Why? Because those are investigations of the serial abuse of power by Donald Trump. Comer and Jordan and McCarthy will do nothing but carry Donald Trump's water," the lawmaker went on.

"Someone who is sitting down for dinner with anti-semites, who is sitting down for dinner with bigots who won't condemn them. This is who they're making common cause with. They will do and say what they need to do."

Bash said, "We're out of time but I have to ask. If you are subpoenaed by Republicans when they take over, will you comply?"

Schiff replied, saying, "We'll have to consider the validity of the subpoena. I would certainly view my obligation, the administration's obligation to follow the law and the fact that they have disrespected the law is not a precedent I would hope that would be broadly followed."

Finally, the lawmaker said firmly, "We'll have to look at the legitimacy or lack of legitimacy of what they do."

During the same interview, Schiff said that "most Americans" would think Trump's 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort allowing inside polling data and battle strategy to be given to an agent of Russian intelligence was Russian collusion.

Anchor Dana Bash said, "As you well know, the man who was trying to be speaker, Republican Kevin McCarthy says that he wants to kick you off the intelligence committee, the committee that you now chair because of your handling of the Trump/Russia investigation, specifically that you repeatedly asserted there was direct evidence of collusion, direct collusion, which didn't materialize."

Schiff said, "McCarthy doesn't think it's inclusion if your campaign manager is giving inside polling data and battle strategy in key states to an agent of Russian intelligence while the Russians are helping your campaign, but most Americans would call that collusion.

The California Democrat went on by saying "McCarthy's problem isn't what I said about Russia. McCarthy's problem is he can't get to 218 without Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz, so he'll do whatever they ask."

"Right now, they are asking for me to be removed from my committees. He's willing to do anything they ask. That's the problem. Kevin McCarthy has no ideology, no core set of beliefs. It's very hard normally to get to 218 that way. It's even more difficult to keep 218. That's his problem. He will misrepresent my record. He'll misrepresent Eric Swalwell, Ilhan Omar, whatever he needs to do to get the votes of the QAnon caucus within his conference."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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