Rep. Lesko Goes Point-By-Point Highlighting Wrong, Unfair, & Misleading Inquiry Resolution

REP. DEBBIE LESKO: I kind of went line by line through this. The title of section two is very misleading. It says “open and transparent investigative proceedings.” This is not open and transparent in the Intelligence Committee. All it’s doing is saying we’re going to say the same thing. In fact, I’m on page two and lines 15 through 17. It says, “require an open hearing.” And which was stated before, that could be one open hearing. We don’t know how many closed-door hearings there are going to be from now on that nobody, including myself, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee, can even attend. The other thing is that it still allows Chairman Schiff to instruct witnesses not to answer Republican questions. So that came out yesterday. I mean, one of the Republican members asked a question of the witness, and Mr. Schiff told the witness “don’t answer that question.” That’s just wrong. Then on page three, I have lines 21 through 25, it also lets Chairman Schiff determine if Republican witness’ requests are relevant. That’s not fair. How about on page four, lines 1 through 4? Iit says basically that Representative Nunes, the Ranking Member in Intelligence, needs the permission of Chairman Schiff to subpoena witnesses, unlike what has happened in the Nixon and Clinton impeachment hearing. 

REP. JAMIE RASKIN: Will the gentlelady yield?

REP. DEBBIE LESKO: I will when i’m done, thank you. And then on page five, lines three forward. I wrote Chairman Schiff is not required to make public all transcripts. He can pick and choose, or he can choose not to make any transcripts public. Then Adam Schiff determines what he deems appropriate to include in his report. If you think this is fair, this is not fair, at all. So the title of this is really misleading to the American public. I went to that “storm the SCIF.” I was one of the people. I did not go inside because I actually had a bill in Homeland Security Committee to go to. But I also went previously and asked, “Can I see testimony? Can I see testimony? I’m a member of the Judiciary Committee, and I’m going to be voting on this in Judiciary Committee, yet I can’t even see the testimony?” As has been done in both Republican and Democrat leadership in the past under the Nixon and Clinton impeachments. Where it was done in the Judiciary Committee. It was open, it was open to the public. And you said Ken Starr, well he was an independent counsel. I’m sorry, Adam Schiff is not an independent counsel. In fact, he has made repeated statements over, and over, and over again that he wants to impeach the President.