Schiff Says He Has Received A ‘Whistleblower Complaint’ Regarding DHS & Russia, Vows To ‘Investigate’

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Democratic Committee Chairman Adam Schiff  (D-CA) claimed on Wednesday that the House Intelligence Committee received a whistleblower complaint claiming Trump administration officials at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security suppressed intelligence reports related to Russian election interference.

In a statement, Schiff said former Intelligence and Analysis Acting Under Secretary Brian Murphy filed the whistleblower reprisal complaint on Tuesday with the DHS Office of Inspector General.

“We’ve received a whistleblower complaint alleging DHS suppressed intel reports on Russian election interference, altered intel to match false Trump claims and made false statements to Congress,” Rep. Schiff tweeted Wednesday. “This puts our national security at risk. We will investigate.”

“We have requested Mr. Murphy’s testimony before the Committee, pursuant to subpoena if necessary, alongside other already scheduled interviews with other DHS officials,” Schiff said.

A spokesman for DHS fired back Wednesday: “The Department generally does not comment on the specifics of OIG referrals, but we flatly deny that there is any truth to the merits of Mr. Murphy’s claim,” the spokesman, Alexei Woltornist, said. “DHS looks forward to the results of any resulting investigation and we expect it will conclude that no retaliatory action was taken against Mr. Murphy,” Fox News reported.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced last month that the ODNI will no longer provide Congress with election security briefings, and opted to instead provide the lawmakers with written “intelligence products” amid concerns over leaks of sensitive information.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s concern over leaks appeared to frustrate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), prompting them to release a statement last month, claiming they “will consider the full range of tools available to the House to compel compliance.”

DHS Chad Wolf on election security:

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Republicans also pushed back against Schiff, who played a prominent role in promoting the whistleblower allegations during President Trump’s impeachment case, which the Commander in Chief was ultimately acquitted in the Senate.

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