Schiff Learned About “Russian Bounties” in February — and Did Nothing
Written by Luis Miguel
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.; shown) has criticized President Trump over the “Russian bounties” controversy and now wants the president to brief all of Congress about the unverified allegations, yet sources report that Schiff’s office was briefed on the matter back in February but the congressman took no action.
Individuals familiar with the matter spoke with The Federalist about the rumor that Russia offered the Taliban bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan.
As The New American has noted, even the Washington Post, which broke the story and has fueled the criticism of President Trump for allegedly not pursuing the case in order to maintain a good relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia, acknowledges that intelligence officials chose not to brief the president on the matter because the intel was deemed “sketchy.”
Schiff has been one of President Trump’s biggest critics in this controversy, claiming in a PBS interview that the president has given preferential treatment to Putin.
Well, we want to get the full answers from the intelligence agencies. We have asked them to come in and physically brief our committee.
The speaker has asked for a full House briefing on this as well. We want to know, are the Russians offering bounties to kill American troops? And, if they are, why is the president still seeking to have Russia brought in to the G8? Why is he giving Russia that favored status, welcoming them in the community of nations, and maintained this cozy relationship with Putin?
… Is this an issue where they cannot tell the president things he doesn’t want to hear when it comes to Vladimir Putin and Russia?
The California Democrat also fired back at President Trump for claiming the Russia bounties story is a “hoax” played up by Democrats to damage him politically.
The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
“I find it inexplicable in light of these very public allegations that the president hasn’t come before the country and assured the American people that he will get to the bottom of whether Russians are putting a bounty on the heads of American troops,” Schiff said.
Yet the sources who spoke to The Federalist related that Schiff’s staff received a briefing about the rumors during a congressional delegation, or CODEL, trip to Afghanistan in February.
Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist write:
Schiff’s recent complaints that Trump took no action against Russia in response to rumors of Russian bounties are curious given that Schiff himself took no action after his top staff were briefed by intelligence officials. As chairman of the intelligence committee, Schiff had the authority to immediately brief the full committee and convene hearings on the matter. Schiff, however, did nothing. He did not brief his committee on the matter, nor did he brief the gang of 8, which consists of top congressional leadership in both chambers.
Schiff did not even request a briefing of the Intelligence Committee that he himself leads. The Federalist also notes that travel records regarding the congressional staff delegation trip to Afghanistan had not yet been disclosed in the Congressional Record, as required by law.
The Democrat leader was one of the main drivers of the impeachment of President Trump, who was ultimately acquitted by the Senate. Schiff was also a proponent of the Russia collusion conspiracy theory, claiming he possessed evidence that the president coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election in his favor. But Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation failed to find any evidence that such collusion occurred.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said that there is presently “no corroborating evidence at this time to validate the recent allegations regarding malign activity by Russian personnel against US forces in Afghanistan.”
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien seconded the statement, explaining, “The president was not briefed because at the time of these allegations they were uncorroborated. As a result, the president’s career CIA briefer decided not to brief him because it was unverified intelligence, and by the way, she’s an outstanding officer, and knowing all the facts I know, I certainly support her decision.”
In addition, intelligence officials like CIA Director Gina Haspel and National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe have criticized the media’ leaks of the bounty rumors, arguing that the unauthorized release of such information impedes investigations, making it harder for the agencies to uncover the truth.
Photo of Rep. Adam Schiff: AP Images
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Courtesy of The New American