“We cannot represent to the American people that we’re doing a thorough job if the Department of Justice or the FBI is unwilling to tell us what indeed they’ve looked at, what leads they have followed, where they have found substance and where they have not,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) told reporters shortly after his committee was briefed by FBI Director James Comey.
In a separate interview, Schiff said Comey declined to answer many of the lawmakers’ questions and that such reticence “can’t persist.”
“If we’re going to do our job, the FBI is going to have to fully cooperate with us, and that means they can’t say, ‘We’ll tell you about this but we won’t tell you about that,'” Schiff told the Los Angeles TImes.
Schiff has also called for Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from oversight of the federal investigation into the Kremlin’s meddling in November’s elections.
Many other Democrats and even some Republicans were also urging Sessions to recuse himself in the wake of disclosures Wednesday night that Sessions had failed to tell senators at his confirmation hearing that he had met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. on at least two occasions.
Sessions’ spokeswoman said the then-senator met with the Russian ambassador in September in his capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, not as a surrogate for the Trump campaign.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the Intelligence Committee’s chairman, said he had “no idea” whether Sessions should recuse himself or not. “We have no idea what — what he did or didn’t do,” Nunes said.
“We’ve got to be very careful here,” Nunes said. “It’s a slippery slope. All the countries in the world basically have embassies here. A lot of those countries are adversaries. But we all meet with those — many senators and congressmen meet with those ambassadors on a regular basis.”