REPORT: Schiff says top intel body sought to give transcripts to White House for “signoff”


House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which heads the U.S. intelligence community and is currently conducting a classification review of dozens of the committee’s Russia investigation transcripts, sought to release the materials to the White House for “signoff” before returning them to the committee. 

According to the transcript of a business meeting the committee held Monday, Schiff said the committee’s Democratic majority was “deeply distressed” to learn that ODNI had attempted to give the transcripts to the White House “for some form of a review or signoff” before returning them to the committee. 

The article goes on to state the following:

“It is not the purview of the president or anyone in the White House to be making decisions about what the Intelligence Committee releases of its own interviews, and we cannot countenance that kind of potential interference by the White House,” Schiff said, according to the meeting transcript. He did not specify which or how many transcripts ODNI might have sought to relay to the White House, nor did he disclose how he learned of the effort.

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