Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision YouTube disables over 200 accounts amid protests in Hong Kong MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday threatened to subpoena the FBI for information about the original counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference.

Schiff said he has been unable to get briefings or information on the status or findings of the counterintelligence probe, including on whether it was ever shuttered.

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“The FBI has an obligation by the National Security Act to brief us on a recent counterintelligence matter. If there are ongoing counterintelligence investigations involving people around the president, they must inform us,” Schiff told reporters after a hearing focused on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s report.

Schiff said he would “use whatever compulsion is necessary” to compel the FBI to provide information to Congress, though he did not give a timeline on a potential subpoena.

“I’m not going to comment on a specific date, but we are determined to get answers and we are running out of patience,” Schiff said.

The FBI declined to comment Wednesday. 

Schiff, who is spearheading his panel’s own investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE’s foreign dealings and finances, has repeatedly raised questions about the findings and status of the counterintelligence investigation that proceeded Mueller’s probe.

Schiff said he has not been briefed on the investigation since Trump fired James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE as FBI director in May 2017, despite multiple overtures. He is particularly interested in what became of the counterintelligence investigation, the existence of which Comey revealed in show-stopping congressional testimony in March 2017.

Schiff and other Democrats argue that numerous contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, while not deemed criminal by Mueller, raise counterintelligence and national security concerns.

Mueller concluded his investigation in late March and did not find sufficient evidence to charge members or associates of the Trump campaign with conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the election.

The special counsel's 448-page report details more than 100 contacts between figures linked to the Trump campaign and Russia-connected individuals. The related counterintelligence investigation is only sparingly mentioned in one paragraph of the report.

“Of all the questions that Mueller helped resolve, he left many critical questions unanswered,” Schiff said in opening remarks at the hearing Wednesday, which featured testimony from former officials on the implications of Mueller’s report.

“What happened to the counterintelligence investigation? Were there other forms of compromise, like money laundering, left out, uninvestigated or referred to other offices? Were individuals granted security clearances that shouldn’t have them? And are there individuals still operating in the administration that leave America vulnerable?” Schiff said. “We are determined to find out.”

--Updated at 12:45 p.m.