FBI not ‘forthcoming’ with Trump, Biden classified docs after House intel briefing, committee chairs say
The House Intelligence Committee recently held a briefing with the FBI regarding classified documents related to both President Trump and President-elect Biden. However, committee chairs have expressed frustration with the FBI's lack of transparency and cooperation in providing these documents. According to a statement from Committee Chair Adam Schiff, the FBI has not been forthcoming with the requested documents, which include information on the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Schiff also expressed concern that the FBI may be withholding information that could be relevant to ongoing investigations into the Trump administration, including the impeachment inquiry and the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. The lack of cooperation from the FBI is particularly concerning given the recent revelations about the agency's handling of the Russia investigation. A report from the Department of Justice's Inspector General found that the FBI made numerous errors and omissions in its application for a surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The report also found that the FBI failed to disclose information that could have undermined the credibility of the Steele dossier, a key piece of evidence in the Russia investigation. Given these findings, it is understandable that the House Intelligence Committee would want to review any classified documents related to the Russia investigation and the Trump campaign. However, the FBI's lack of cooperation is hindering these efforts and raising questions about the agency's commitment to transparency and accountability. It is important for the FBI to provide the requested documents in a timely and transparent manner, not only to ensure that the House Intelligence Committee can conduct its oversight duties, but also to restore public trust in the agency. The American people deserve to know the truth about the Russia investigation and any potential wrongdoing by the Trump administration.