Conyers: House GOP Keeps Attacking the Intelligence Community, Ignoring Their Warnings
Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, three senior Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. intelligence community, arguing that “unauthorized and felonious disclosures . . . are increasingly casting a pall over not only our country’s intelligence apparatus but also the American people’s trust in the efficacy and integrity of the intelligence community.”
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) released the following statement in response:
“I do not condone the unlawful release of classified information by anyone, including to or from the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“But, once again, the Majority has chosen to focus on the fire alarm and not on the fire. Every day, we learn more about possible connections between the government of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump’s campaign for president. Those connections raise the specter of a massive effort to undermine our democratic institutions. Once again, the Majority chooses to ignore the warnings of the whistleblowers and journalists who bring us this information. Every day that they complain about ‘felonious leaking’ and not collusion with a foreign adversary represents another missed or delayed opportunity to get to the bottom of Russia’s attack on our democracy.
“Recent events make it altogether clear that we must have an independent and bipartisan investigation of the substantive issues here—including but not limited to the string of Trump campaign officials who met with Russian officials, attempted to hide those meetings, and were forced to recant or resign when the truth became public.”