Schiff accuses the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency of having withheld documents about Ukraine

Elias Hubbard
January 21, 2020

House Intelligence President Adam Schiff (D-CA) voiced concerns about the intelligence community's retention of documents that may be relevant to the upcoming Senate trial during an interview on ABC News Sunday morning.

"The intelligence community is starting to withhold records from Congress about the dilemma of Ukraine", Schiff told ABC's" This Week" "They seem to be succumbing to pressure from the government. "And there are indications that the Central Intelligence Agency could be about the same tragic course".

The NSA and Central Intelligence Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Schiff, whose committee led the House impeachment inquiry into the President's dealing with Ukraine, is in charge of the six other impeachment managers who will present the Democratic Party's case against Trump to the Senate.

"The intelligence community is committed to providing Congress with information and intelligence it needs to carry out its critical oversight role", Amanda Schoch, assistant national intelligence director for strategic communications, said in a statement Sunday.

Trump's impeachment trial is set to begin on Tuesday.

Democrats have previously criticized the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for withholding relevant documents for the investigation into deposition. In the weeks since Trump was accused, Democrats have tried to focus on new evidence about Trump's efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his political rivals and have prompted the Senate to consider new documents and testimonials such as former national security adviser John Bolton.

Schiff on Sunday also addressed the recent Politico report in which multiple sources told the publication that the intelligence community is trying to persuade Congress to eliminate public testimony as part of the annual briefing on global security threats in light of Trump's public outburst previous year at his top intelligence officials contradicting his beliefs.

The request was reportedly made to avoid a repeat where intelligence officials publicly disagree with Trump about the security risks.

"Maybe intelligence should go back to school!" Trump tweeted after the January 29 hearing before abruptly reversing course, saying he and the intelligence community "are all on the same page".

"Well, you know, unfortunately, I think those reports are all too accurate", Schiff said. "The intelligence community is reluctant to hold a public hearing, which we had done each year before the Trump administration, because they feared to anger the president".

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