Schiff: I Am ‘Diving Deeply’ Into Investigation of What Warnings Trump Ignored
On MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said he would investigate what warnings from the intelligence community and health organizations that President Donald Trump ignored in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are diving deeply into what does the intelligence community know, what resources we would bring there, and what do we need to do prospectively to better protect the country in the future. That last piece, how do we protect the country in the future, is really the mission of that independent commission we based on, we used the model the 9/11 commission.”
Joy Reid: “Joining any now is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Good morning, sir and happy Easter. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us this morning. I want to show you a tweet by Ned Price, of course, you know, a former intelligence official himself. He said this reporting that U.S. Intel collected raw information in November but didn’t issue a formal assessment makes sense of the conflicting reports and denials. It also underscores why we will need an after the fact commission to understand the timeline and the follow — the policy failings. And I know yourself, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, have introduced legislation to establish a bipartisan Coronavirus commission to examine the U.S. response. What would be the timeline for that and what’s your assessment of what you heard so far about what’s clearly sounds like intelligence failures from the White House?”
Rep. Adam Schiff: “The timing of the legislation, that commission wouldn’t get started until early next year. It is designed to be an apolitical process, not caught up in November. So those commissioners would be appointed at first of the year. But, Joy, it’s important to point out that is not the substitute for doing real-time oversight on the intelligence issues. We are right now going through our intelligence holdings, what did the intelligence community make us aware of at the end of last year or earlier this year. Other committees are doing like analyses, and it’s very important, I think, in reviewing the intelligence component to this to realize the intelligence piece is just one piece of the warnings coming to the administration. A lot of those warnings were in the public domain, they came from public health organizations, like WHO or the CDC or its own National Security Council and he ignored those warnings. But diving deeply into what does the intelligence community know, what resources we would bring there and what do we need to do prospectively to better protect the country in the future. And that last piece, how do we protect the country in the future, is really the mission of that independent commission that we based on — we used the model the 9/11 commission.”