Schiff Going After Trump: Wants His Phone Records, And Will Look For Proof Of Money Laundering (Video)

Schiff Going After Trump: Wants His Phone Records, And Will Look For Proof Of Money Laundering (Video)

Adam Schiff is going to take full advantage of his position as chair of the House Intelligence Committee to investigate President Trump for the next two years.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), said if the Democrats gained the House they would investigate President Trump, and as incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, he will not waste any time getting started.

Schiff will be opening investigations on issues pertaining to Russian collusion that were already covered by Robert Mueller, specifically, the Trump tower meeting with the Russians that Schiff says he needs President Trumps phone records to review. Imagine if you will these Democrats who despise the president combing through his personal phone calls, then imagine the leaks that will ensue.

During an on Tuesday Schiff said the Democrats are now in the process of forming their “investigative plan,” and although it focuses on Donald Trump, it also includes intelligence matters involving Saudi Arabia and North Korea, CNS News reports.

Schiff said former Trump attorney Michael Cohen tops the list of witnesses he will call. And he said there are “numerous documents” committee Democrats were not allowed to see previously, but with subpoena power, they may soon be able to obtain.

“One of the first documents that I want to make outreach to get is the phone records that would indicate whether the president was in the know about the Trump tower meeting with the Russians in advance,” Schiff said.

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“That is, the meeting with Jared Kushner and with (Trump’s) son and with Paul Manafort that he (Trump) denied knowledge of. We know that there’s a call from a blocked number during the setup of that meeting. We want to know was that from the president of the United States.”

Schiff said his committee also plans to do “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 Kashoggi 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.

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 best – use of the best possible intelligence to assess our foreign policy. So that will be absolute priorities.

We are not going to be able to have the luxury of waiting until Bob Mueller is finished (with his Trump-Russia investigation). 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.

Schiff also 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.”


 

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