Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 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 ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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.