Republicans Take Schiff To Task, Boycott Hearings

Usually, on Capitol Hill, the people elected as “lawmakers” make an attempt to be polite and collegial at the very least.

After impeaching President Donald Trump – and his subsequent acquittal for said offenses that weren’t even crimes – it looks like the Republicans are done playing nice.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee dramatically boycotted a public hearing Wednesday morning, after accusing Chairman Adam Schiff of ignoring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse following the release of a scathing Justice Department inspector general report which revealed significant misconduct.

The House Intelligence Subcommittee on Strategic Technologies and Advance Research (STAR) held a hearing on “Emerging Technologies and National Security” on Wednesday. Every GOP member skipped the forum, blasting it as a “publicity” event.

In a letter obtained by Fox News, Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Chris Stewart, R-Utah, the ranking members of the committee and subcommittee, respectively, joined GOP colleagues in blasting Schiff, D-Calif., for not holding hearings on FISA in the wake of the IG report.

“Under your chairmanship, the House Intelligence Committee has strayed far from its mandate of overseeing the Intelligence Community. In fact, we have gone months at a time in which we’ve hardly held any oversight-related briefings or hearings at all,” they wrote Wednesday.

“During this period of inadequate oversight, numerous critical issues pertinent to this Committee’s jurisdiction were ignored,” they continued,…

The letter goes on to discuss issues pertinent to the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General report that identified multiple shortcomings when it came to abuse of the FISA court, and surveillance of members of President Trump’s campaign staff which was not only unwarranted but illegal.

This change – Republicans standing up to Democrats and their shenanigans in playing chairman of the committee to the hilt – may well signify a shift in any sort of cooperation in which the people of the parties are willing to engage.

How this changes this will be fun to watch.

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