Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have had enough with Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
The Republicans exposed Schiff for his partisanship on Wednesday when, according to Fox News, they boycotted a public subcommittee hearing because they feel the Intel panel has skimped on looking into alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Fox News was able to obtain the letter that the Intelligence Committee Republicans sent to Schiff on the day of the boycott.
“Under your chairmanship, the House Intelligence Committee has strayed far from its mandate of overseeing the Intelligence Community,” the House Republicans wrote. “In fact, we have gone months at a time in which we’ve hardly held any oversight-related briefings or hearings at all.”
Indeed, Wednesday’s hearing was slated to cover “Emerging Technologies and National Security,” a topic the Republican representatives felt was nothing more than a “publicity” stunt, Fox noted.
What Schiff is ignoring
Later in their letter, the Republican committee members took particular issue with the fact that the Intelligence Committee, under Schiff, has not looked into the FISA abuses mentioned in Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report — something Republicans said the Intelligence panel is “uniquely positioned to consider.”
“During this period of inadequate oversight, numerous critical issues pertinent to this Committee’s jurisdiction were ignored,” they wrote Wednesday.
The Republicans continued: “The IG Report was followed by the release of a declassified assessment by the Department of Justice acknowledging that at least two of the four FISA applications lacked probable cause. Despite the seriousness of these issues and our clear jurisdiction, you have failed to hold a single briefing or hearing on this matter.”
Schiff being Schiff
Of course, it is no surprise that Schiff isn’t looking into this stuff, because it would go against his political agenda. This is something that the Republican representatives hoped to expose with their boycott.
“Until the Committee prioritizes oversight activities related to urgent and critical concerns, Republican Members cannot support distractions from our core responsibilities,” they wrote in their letter. “We hope this Committee can move past political investigations and publicity stunts and get back to the important work we traditionally have undertaken on a bipartisan basis.”
The letter was written by Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) and signed by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Michael Turner (R-OH), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Rick Crawford (R-AK), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Will Hurd (R-TX), and John Ratcliffe (R-TX).
It remains to be seen how Schiff will respond to the boycott.