WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) today released the following statement for the House Select Committee on Intelligence’s meeting on adoption of the Majority’s investigative report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“This report is nothing less than the greatest assault on the legislative independence of the House of Representatives in its history. And it has stunningly been self-inflicted.
We have a constitutional duty to protect the independence of the legislative branch of government. We have failed. We have allowed the President and the White House to hijack the Russia investigation and muzzle witnesses with a quasi-witness-invoked executive privilege—which has no legal basis.
The investigation began with what appeared to be good intentions and with the understanding that we would go wherever the facts took us regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
But the true nature of the investigation emerged in dramatic fashion after the very first open hearing, when the FBI director revealed for the first time that the FBI had an ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian operatives in Russia’s attempts to undermine the 2016 election.
What started out as a commitment to investigating an issue of national security in the spirit of cooperation quickly devolved into a war of partisan hostility, before it finally erupted into an outright war of deception and distortion, with the majority deploying tactics that were truly destructive in nature and that may forever impact the ability of this committee to function.
Our charge was to conduct an independent, fulsome investigation. By all measures, we have utterly failed in this charge.
This report receives an incomplete in content and an ‘F’ in objectivity.”