Daily US Times, Washington:Adam Schiff, The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, accused U.S. intelligence agencies of withholding documents from Congress on Ukraine matter. He claimed those documents could be significant to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
While talking with ABC’s “This Week”, Schiff pointed that the agencies might be succumbing to pressure from the administration.
Rep. Schiff was selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as the lead impeachment manager for Trump’s Senate trial.
He contended specifically National Security Agency (NSA) of withholding documents from Congress what are potentially relevant to the oversight responsibilities on Ukraine.
He said, the withheld documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial.
“That is deeply concerning”, Schiff added.
In the interview, he also said that “there are signs that the CIA may be on the same tragic course.”
The CIA and NSA did not immediately comment about the topic.
Trump’s Senate impeachment trial will begin on Tuesday.
Democrats have previously criticized the State Department for withholding documents from Congress which ware relevant to the impeachment inquiry.
The opposition party (D) have sought to focus on new evidence about Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Democrats are pushing the Senate to consider new documents and testimony, such as from former national security adviser John Bolton.
In the interview, the interviewer asked Schiff about a Politico report that said intelligence officials were pushing the House and Senate Intelligence committees to drop the public portion of an annual briefing on world security threats following last year’s session in which Trump lashed out over the assessments on North Korea, Iran and the Islamic State.