Report: Adam Schiff Threatens to Defund Intel Community As Information Lock-Out Continues

House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is reportedly looking to hold crucial funding hostage from the nation’s intelligence community unless they comply with his demand to release information.

During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Schiff said the director of national intelligence was withholding the complaints of an unidentified whistleblower within the intelligence community, something Schiff said was “in violation of the clear letter of the law,” Fox News reports.

Schiff then said he wants to know everything the whistleblower said and threatened to withhold funds for the information.

“It depends on what funds we withhold,” Schiff said to Tapper via Fox News. “In this case, you have the office of the director of national intelligence that is withholding this complaint in violation of the clear letter of the law… And there are funding requests that that office makes that don’t go directly to national security that we can withhold.”

“Look, it is a blunt remedy and one that I’m very reluctant to use,” the Democrat lawmaker continued. “At the same time, the inspector general has said this is not only serious…but it’s urgent. We cannot afford to play rope-a-dope in the court for weeks or months on end.”

“We need an answer,” he added, per the report.

And: “If there is a fire burning, it needs to be put out. And that’s why we’re going to have to look at every remedy. And if these two issues are, in fact, one issue and it relates to deplorable conduct, a violation of the president’s oath of office… then we’re going to have to consider impeachment as well.”

Fox News reports:

The story was first reported by the Washington Post as a whistleblower claim about Trump making some type of “promise” to a foreign leader, which may have been of a nefarious nature. Further reporting claimed the conversation was linked to Ukraine, and Trump’s request for their government to look into 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden‘s son and his business dealings.

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President Trump responded to the controversy in a series of tweets where he suggested he was being unfairly criticized for the call.

Trump tweeted:

Now the Fake News Media says I “pressured the Ukrainian President at least 8 times during my telephone call with him.” This supposedly comes from a so-called “whistleblower” who they say doesn’t even have a first hand account of what was said. More Democrat/Crooked Media con.

Breaking News: The Ukrainian Government just said they weren’t pressured at all during the “nice” call. Sleepy Joe Biden, on the other hand, forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his son’s company by threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine. That’s the real story!

“Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!” Trump tweeted.