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Complaint against Rep Adam Schiff 03 11 19

Complaint against Rep Adam Schiff 03 11 19

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Judicial
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Because one above the law!
March 11, 2019
VIA HAND DELIVERY
Chairman David Skaggs
Office Congressional Ethics
U.S. House Representatives
425 Third Street, SW, Suite 1110
Washington, 20024
Re: Complaint Against Rep. Adam Schiff Concerning Contacts with Congressional
Witnesses
Dear Chairman Skaggs,
Judicial Watch non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes
transparency, accountability and integrity government and fidelity the rule law.
regularly monitor congressional ethics issues part our anti-corruption mission.
This letter serves our official complaint the Office Congressional Ethics (OCE)
concerning the activities Rep. Adam Schiff. Rep. Schiff appears have violated House Code Official Conduct, Rule 23, clauses and inappropriately communicating with witnesses.
Clauses and provide: Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer,
employee the House shall behave all times manner that
shall reflect creditably the House. Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer,
employee the House shall adhere the spirit and the letter
the Rules the House and the rules duly constituted
committees thereof
Rep. Adam Schiff attended the Aspen Security Forum conference July 2018, which
was also attended Glenn Simpson, the founder the firm Fusion GPS. Press reports have
detailed evidence meeting and discussion between Rep. Schiff and Glenn Simpson the
July 2018 Aspen Security Forum. noted The Hill newspaper: the time the encounter, Simpson was important witness
the House Intelligence Committee probe who had given sworn
testimony about alleged, but still unproven, collusion between
Russia and the Trump campaign.
Solomon, John, Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter Aspen, The Hill,
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425 Third St., SW, Suite 800, Washington, 20024 Tel: (202) 646-5172 l-888-593-8442
FAX: (202) 646-5199 Email info@JudicialWatch.org www.JudicialWatch.org
Office Congressional Ethics
U.S. House Representatives
March 11, 2019
Fusion GPS the political opposition research firm involved procuring unverified
information claiming the Trump presidential campaign had colluded with Russia, among other
things. That Fusion OPS-supplied information was the basis upon which the Federal Bureau
Investigation (FBI) obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) surveillance warrants
against Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.
Mr. Simpsons leadership Fusion GPS and his centrality events resulted his
having testify before congressional committees their staffs. Specifically, Mr. Simpson
testified before the House Intelligence Committee, which Rep. Schiff was the ranking
Democratic member, October 16, 2018 approximately three (3) months after the Aspen
Security Forum. note that following revelations 2017 that Rep. Devin Nunes had informed
President Trump that U.S. intelligence agencies had been engaging incidental collection
his campaigns communications, Rep. Schiff demanded that Rep. Nunes, then Chairman the
House Intelligence Committee, recuse himself from any investigations involving alleged Trump
collusion with Russia. Indeed, Rep. Schiff wrote the following twitter:
This not recommendation make lightly ... But much the
same way that the attorney general [Jeff Sessions] was forced
recuse himselffrom the Russia investigation after failing inform
the Senate his meetings with Russian officials, believe the
public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving
the presidents campaign transition team can objectively
investigated overseen the chairman.
Then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi concurred with Rep. Schiffs call for Mr. Nunes
recuse himself.
The July 2018 contacts between Rep. Schiff and Mr. Simpson create, minimum, the
appearance impropriety. result Rep. Schiffs previously undisclosed, private
discussions with Mr. Simpson, the publics confidence Mr. Schiffs ability objectively and
impartially carry out his duties Committee Chair the House Permanent Select Committee Intelligence have been gravely damaged.
Further, Rep. Schiffs contacts with Mr. Michael Cohen should also scrutinized the
same light the Simpson contacts. Journalists have reported:
President Trumps former personal attorney Michael Cohen told
House investigators this week that stafffor Intelligence Committee
Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., traveled New York least
Graham, David A., How Long Can Devin Nunes Hang On? The Atlantic, March 28, 2017.
hllps://w1 v.theatlanti c.com/nnlitics/archive/2017/03/nunes-recusal-ellis/521016/
Office Congressional Ethics
U.S. House Representatives
March 11, 2019
four times meet with himfor over hours immediately before
last month high-profile public testimony, according two
sources familiar with the matter Republicans
question whether the meetings amounted coaching witness.
The sources said the sessions covered slew topics addressed
during the public hearing before the oversight committee -including the National Enquirer Catch and Kill policy,
American Media CEO David Pecker and the alleged undervaluing President Trumps assets.
Again, Rep. Schiff conduct creates the appearance unethical collusion and
synchronization efforts that calls into question whether Cohens testimony was legitimate
congressional hearing well-rehearsed political theatre.
During Mr. Cohens congressional testimony, was questioned Rep. Mike Turner
concerning the number, nature and subject his [Cohens] contacts with the House Permanent
Select Committee Intelligence. Rep Jim Jordan pressed Cohen the subject subsequent
questioning. Cohen hesitantly acknowledged that had spoken with Schiff about topics that
were going raised the upcoming hearing. pattern conduct the part Rep. Schiff these matters would exponentially
increase the gravity the prejudice and harm the publics confidence the institution the
House Representatives.
Rep. Schiffs conduct and contacts with witnesses must treated with the same gravity
that Reps. Schiff and Pelosi accorded Rep. Nuness actions. Rep. Nunes recused himself for
time from certain oversight responsibilities with respect the Russia-Trump investigations. the least, Rep. Schiff and his staff communications with Glenn Simpson and Michael
Cohen, undermine the credibility the House and its committee proceedings, especially given
Mr. Cohens subsequent alleged false testimony.5 call upon the OCE investigate Rep. Schiff and his previously undisclosed,
inappropriate contact with key witnesses congressional investigation over which that Member
holds significant sway.
Herridge, Catherine and Gregg Re, Cohen met with Schiff staff for over hours before House Oversight
Committee hearing, sources say, Fox News, March 2019. hllp ://www.roxnews.cl m/polilics/cnh IHllc!-w ithschi fl.. ror-more-lhan- 10-hours-bt!f