In a letter obtained by the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, Republicans announced they would not attend a hearing for the Strategic Technology and Advanced Research Subcommittee, citing Schiff’s failure to hold a hearing on the explosive DOJ Inspector General’s report.
“Under your chairmanship, the House Intelligence Committee has strayed far from its mandate of overseeing the Intelligence Community,” states the GOP letter to Schiff.
“In fact, we have gone months at a time in which we’ve hardly held any oversight-related briefings or hearings at all. Until the Committee prioritizes oversight activities related to urgent and critical concerns, Republican Members cannot support distractions from our core responsibilities,” continues the letter.
Republicans called the time under Schiff’s leadership a “period of inadequate oversight” and said numerous issues pertinent to the committee’s responsibilities had been ignored.
The letter was signed by all nine Republican members of the committee, including ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
The IG report was released on Dec. 9 and identified 17 “significant inaccuracies or omissions” in applications for FISA warrants for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Those inaccuracies resulted in “applications that made it appear that the information supporting probable cause was stronger than was actually the case.”Last week, House Judiciary Republicans slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray for his tepid response to the IG report.
In a committee hearing, Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) said to Wary, “I’m terribly disappointed you can’t summon the outrage to put it in stronger words than ‘this is unacceptable and doesn’t represent the FBI. Unfortunately at the moment, it does represent the FBI or at least the leadership of the FBI. You were appointed to clean things up.”
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan (R) ripped Wray for his response letter to the IG report where the Director simply called its findings and recommendations “constructive criticism.”
“I appreciate your comments about Mr. Horowitz’s report saying it was unacceptable, but I’m concerned because it didn’t seem to me that you had quite the same outrage in your response letter to Inspector General Horowitz,” said Jordan.