PBS News: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joins Judy Woodruff to react to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ first public testimony on the Russia investigation. Schiff says what was most notable to him was what he saw as Sessions corroborating former FBI Director James Comey on details of meetings with President Trump, as well as Sessions’ refusal to answer many of the senators’ questions.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Well, how do you get beyond his refusal to answer, though? If he’s saying these were privileged communications that I had that stand on precedent at the Department of Justice, whether they’re written down or not, how do you get through that?
REP. ADAM SCHIFF: Well, I think the process, if we’re going to live up with our institutional responsibility in Congress, is to go back to the White House and say, we want answers to these questions. Are you invoking the privilege?
And, if they’re not, we need to bring the attorney general back before either our committee in the House or before the Senate committee and demand answers to those questions.
If they do invoke privilege, then we may need to litigate the contours of that privilege. The privilege cannot be used as a shield to protect or hide potential impropriety or illegality. So, we may have to go to court to pierce that privilege, but we do need to get to the bottom of this. We have the powers and institution to do it, and I think we have an ethical obligation and a responsibility to the country to do it. …read more