Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse votes against curtailing warrantless collection of Americans' data Overnight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment 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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally 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 ComeyWant the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler Want the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler Trump: Reported security incidents related to Clinton emails 'really big' 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.