Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) denies the reported conflict between the January 6 House Committee key panel members. The head of the chamber’s Intelligence committee referenced the Washington Post report claiming staff and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) were experiencing increased tension over her alleged attempts to make the final report about former President Donald Trump. It is simply not true that the committee will leave out other essential critical elements of the report.
Schiff took to CNN’s “State of the Union” to express his concerns about the Washington Post story. He said, “I would like to see our report as broad and inclusive as possible,” and he hoped the story was false. The California Democrat said the committee is still working on a bi-partisan status and is collaborating on what belongs in the body and appendices of the report.
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The Washington Post’s story quotes spokespersons accusing staffers of slipping in too much leftist bias and rhetoric, but Schiff refuses to engage in what he calls unhelpful arguing. He is confident that the committee will reach a fair consensus on the report. When asked about the tension surrounding Cheney in the Washington Post’s report, Schiff defends her.
Admittedly, Schiff says he has “tremendous respect” for Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). According to Schiff, both representatives have been an invaluable part of the committee, and both have shown an immense amount of courage throughout the process. Despite the concerns among staffers that Cheney is potentially using the report to bolster her career, those close to her on the committee don’t see it that way. With all the support surrounding the representatives, it seems they want to finish the report and get it out in the open.
In the CNN Interview, Schiff responded to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who plans to strip Schiff of his duties in the next Congress. He said McCarthy has “no core set of beliefs” and if he becomes Speaker, the responsibilities will be “his problem.” Schiff also defended himself from comments questioning the credibility of congressional investigations made by Rep. Jim Comer (R-KY). Ultimately, if Schiff is served a subpoena, he says he will view it as his “obligation to follow the law.”