House Intel's top Democrat: Declassified GOP memo 'is impeaching the FBI'

California Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, goes one-on-one with George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."
7:15 | 02/04/18

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Transcript for House Intel's top Democrat: Declassified GOP memo 'is impeaching the FBI'
We're joined by Adam Schiff. Thanks for joining us this morning. I want to begin with president trump's tweet. He said the memo totally vindicates trump in probe but the Russia witch hunt goes on and on. There was no obstruction or collusion. Collusion is dead. This is an American disgrace. The memo vindicates trump? Of course not at all. The memo indicates the investigation didn't begin with Carter page. It began with George papadopoulos, someone who was meeting secretly with the Russians and talking about the stolen Clinton e-mails. So quite to the contrary even this very flawed memo demonstrate it is origin of the investigation. That involved the issue of collusion. That's one of the problems you pointed out. I want to dig in some of the other ones that have been raised. The FISA court should have been told the dossier was funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign. That's relevant? It is relevant. Was there a political motivation? The court was notified there was a political actor involved. In terms of the identity of the political actor. The most important information is what did Christopher steel know. That's the most important information. You're saying the court was told that the dossier was funded by a political actor? Yes, there was a political actor behind it. That's part of the misleading memo. I want to comment on this is oversight and asking why wasn't this included. If this was oversight the committee members would want to read the underlying documents. I made a motion for them to read the documents. They voted it down. I made a motion for them to bring the FBI in. That's what oversight looks like. You read the underlying documents? I have. They voted that down. They voted against hearing from the FBI. You haul them in and ask them why was this included. The interest was a political hit job on the FBI in the service of the president. They point out in the memo that Andrew Mccabe who they said no wash would have been sought by the court without the steel dossier information. Here's how chairman nunes responded on fox. That is definitely what he said. Not to mention we have other witnesses who said very similar things. Is it true the FBI led the FISA application with the dossier? Yeah. The largest percentage of the entire application has to do with the dossier and then using the news story to corroborate the dossier. Your response? He's wrong. The argument that the va hoo news article was circular reporting, that's not what the article is cited for. If you read the application, you would know that's not what the article was cited for. The point is not to be accurate. The point is to be misleading. The Democrats didn't read the memo until minutes before it was voted out to the house. If they were interested in getting to the truth that's not the process they would use. They used a vehicle never used before by the house. In terms of Andy Mccabe, like the memorandum itself, they cherry pick what he said. While I can't go into the specifics of his testimony, I can tell you you have to look as a FISA application as a cohesive whole. All the parts are important. The suggestion the chairman makes that the entire dossier was included in this is just plain false. You're responsible for oversight as well. Did the FBI make any mistakes here? We don't know. We haven't had the opportunity to bring the FBI in before the committee and ask them questions. In a Normal oversight process we would have the opportunity to do that. The goal isn't to find out the answers from the FBI. The goal here is to undermine the FBI, discredit the FBI, discredit the Mueller investigation, do the president's bidding from the midnight run the chairman made to the white house to present documents he got from the white house it's all part of the same. The chairman wouldn't answer whether his staff was working with the white house on this memo. In the committee. He answered on fox saying there was no working with the white house. There's a reason I think he wouldn't answer in committee. You believe his staff worked with the white house? I think it's very possible his staff worked with the white house and coordinated the whole effort with the white house. It looks so much like this earlier effort we know was run by the white house who said he would recuse himself but haven't. Do you think the memo can be part of an obstruction case? I don't know if members of congress can be part of an obstruction case. The president's use of this, the president's decision I'm going to release the memo even those the FBI says it's inaccurate or the department of justice says it's reckless even though I want read it. You said about discrediting Robert Mueller's investigation. Is it working? I don't think it's working. It is impeaching the FBI. The problem with this and I think this is at the heart of the department's concern is if you have a neighbor that's buying lots of fertilizer but has no yard and you have concerns about it and you want to call the FBI you're going to wonder is that FBI going to hold my name in confidence or this information in confidence. Source rs going to dry up because of what the Republicans are doing. There's a compact between our community and the intelligence community. We will hold them in good confidence and won't abuse them. They're going to share a lot less with us and others are going to decide not to share with the FBI because they can't rely on our committee not to be partisan in the handling of that information. That's a deep disas soon as which make it is country less safe. Thanks for your time. We're joined by congressman

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