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Nadler, Cummings, Schiff Issue Joint Statement in Response to New FBI Text Messages & Republican Chairmen Attacks Against the FBI

Washington, DC, January 23, 2018

Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY),  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to statements by their respective Republican Chairmen regarding text messages between two FBI officials released to the Committees:

“Republicans are now attacking the FBI in order to undermine Special Counsel Mueller and protect President Trump, but their claims are directly at odds with the facts.  Republicans condemn FBI officials for supposedly taking action during the presidential campaign to assist Clinton and harm Trump, but this ignores the plain reality that these same FBI officials were involved in notifying Congress just days before the election that the FBI was reopening the Clinton investigation—an unprecedented action that severely damaged Clinton’s bid for President.  At the same time, the FBI had an ongoing investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia, as well as reports that the Russians had compromising information on the candidate, but kept all of this information confidential in the months before the election—actions that greatly benefited the Trump campaign.  These Republican attacks show their desperation at the fact that Mueller already has obtained two guilty pleas, two indictments, and at least two cooperating witnesses.”  


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