House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is launching an attack against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and demanding it gives a full account of its monitoring the violent rioters in Portland.
Schiff is Stirring the Pot Again
Schiff spends much of his time on a witch hunt for the past year to impeach President Donald Trump and continues to take action again.
He claims DHS has operated in “deeply troubling” surveillance.
“Let me be clear,” Schiff said in a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Monday. “[R]eporting regarding the monitoring of peaceful protesters, creating and disseminating intelligence reports about journalists and protesters, and potential exploitation of electronic devices is deeply troubling.”
DHS and Trump Under Attack
The reports allegedly show that DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis monitored protesters’ communications, which is what Schiff and other Democrats are launching an investigation against.
Now DHS has to provide intelligence reports and information about its policies regarding intelligence gathering to the committee by August 10, Fox News reports. I&A’s undersecretary, Brian Murphy, and nine other officials have been asked to be interviewed this month.
“In no way does the Acting Secretary [Wolf] condone this practice and he has immediately ordered an inquiry into the matter,” a DHS spokesperson said in a statement to The Washington Post. “The Acting Secretary is committed to ensuring that all DHS personnel uphold the principles of professionalism, impartiality and respect for civil rights and civil liberties, particularly as it relates to the exercise of First Amendment rights.”
Republicans are Fighting Back Against the Witchhunt
Top Republicans have called Schiff’s actions akin to the impeachment that he failed in accomplishing.
A spokesman for committee Republicans told Fox News: “I guess impeachment didn’t turn out so great for Schiff, so he’s moving on to yet another ridiculous ‘get-Trump’ investigation. I just don’t know who can possibly take him or anything he says seriously anymore.”
In the letter Schiff sent to the committee, he threatened he could take “compulsory” measures if I&A don’t give better cooperation saying it had “decreased significantly.”
Democrats have been freaking out over federal agents being sent by the Trump administration to Portland to attempt restoration of order. However, liberals have said that DHS was only making matters worse and Democrats continue to side with the violent protesters.