Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” incoming House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference is important, but it is not the only threat his committee will look at next year.
Schiff laid out what the Democrat-controlled Congress plans to investigate under his leadership, and specifically mentions North Korea and Saudi Arabia as high priority subjects his committee will investigate. And let’s not forget Russia, because Robert Muller may have missed something during his 2 year investigation that found nothing more than a possible campaign finance violation.
Schiff added they will look at other issues that FBI special counsel Robert Mueller is not looking into with President Donald Trump, such as money laundering.
“Russia gets the most attention, but it’s not the only threat that we face either internally or externally,” Schiff shared. “We are going to be doing deep dives into Saudi Arabia and North Korea. One of the responsibilities of our committee is to determine whether we’re getting the best intelligence from these places, what those intelligence agencies can tell us — not just about the Khashoggi murder, but about our reliance on Saudi Arabia, on the stability of Saudi Arabia, on Saudi’s role in the war in Yemen, the peace process.
Schiff continued, “With respect to North Korea, can we believe the assurances by our president that we can now sleep well at night because North Korea is irrevocably on the path of denuclearization? That isn’t consistent, I think, with what I’m seeing and we want to make sure that the country and policymakers have the use of the best possible intelligence to assess our foreign policy. So that will be absolute priorities.”
He added, “We are not going to be able to have the luxury of waiting until Bob Mueller is finished. There was some discussion of that initially, whether the Congress should defer to the special counsel. That would have meant we would be deferring for a year and a half. But we are going to look at issues, in particular, that may not be the subject of the special counsel’s work, and money laundering is very much among them.”