Intel Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff Speech at Brookings – “The Rise of Autocrats: The Role of Congress in Protecting Liberal Democracy”

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institution - "The Rise of Autocrats: The Role of Congress in Protecting Liberal Democracy." Below is the speech, as delivered, which can be viewed here: The past months have left all of us reaching - for an understanding of where we are, for a sense of what lies ahead, for a path forward to meet the challenges, and, sometimes, for the r… Continue Reading


Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Schiff Opening Statement During Hearing on Russian Active Measures

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered the following statement during the Committee's open hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 election. Below is his statement (as prepared): Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to thank Director Comey and Admiral Rogers for appearing before us today as the committee holds this first open hearing into the interference campaign waged against our 2016 Presidential election.… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Reintroduces ORCA Act to Phase Out Display of Captive Killer Whales

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act. This legislation, first introduced last Congress, would phase out the captivity of orcas so that their display ends with this generation. Specifically, it would prohibit the breeding, the taking or wild capture, and the import or export of orcas for the purposes of public display. This legislation will also allow for the orderly phasing out of the display of this species, giving orca-holding facil… Continue Reading


Members of the U.S. Congress Call to Drop Criminal Charges Against Crimean Journalist Mykola Semena

Today, Members of the U.S. Congress called on Prosecutor General Oleg Kamshylov to drop all charges against Crimean journalist Mykola Semena, who was charged after writing an article expressing the view that the Crimea should be returned to Ukraine. The letter sent late Friday was signed by Reps. Adam Schiff, Brendan Boyle, Gerry Connolly, Marcy Kaptur, William Keating, Sandy Levin, Bill Pascrell, Mark Pocan, John Shimkus, and Louise Slaughter. The full letter, linked here, is below: Dear Pro… Continue Reading


Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Calls on Sessions to Step Down, Special Prosecutor Appointed

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee, released the following statement: "After reviewing Attorney General Session's testimony during his confirmation hearing and his statements this afternoon, I have come to the reluctant conclusion that the Attorney General should step down. As a Senator, Mr. Sessions demanded complete and truthful testimony by those appearing before him for confirmation, and I do not believe he met his own rigorous stand… Continue Reading


Is Moscow meddling in the presidential election? (USA Today)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and state election offices in Arizona and Illinois can be traced to the Russian government itself or hackers sanctioned by it. But the president this week declined to threaten Moscow, or even directly declare it responsible. "We've had problems with cyber-intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past," Obama said after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 conference in China. But he didn't suggest r… Continue Reading


U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections (Washington Post)

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said. The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia's ability to spread disinformation. The eff… Continue Reading


Key Islamic State official killed in Syria, group says (Los Angeles Times)

Lone wolves and Islamic State's most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds. Abu Muhammad Adnani, whose death was announced Tuesday by the extremist group, was a chief architect of its war against the West. He exhorted European-born fighters to commit attacks on home ground rather than joining the fight in Syria and Iraq - and pointed the way for those with no ties to the group to embrace "martyrdom" on its behalf. Adnani was killed while ov… Continue Reading


Climate Change and Its Impact on California Wildfires (Crescenta Valley Weekly)

The summer months in California bring with them a devastating but familiar threat - fire. This season is unfortunately no different as six active fires continue to burn across the state. That number would be even higher were it not for the swift and effective response from firefighters throughout California working to protect people, their homes and our natural resources. With nearly one hundred homes destroyed, in addition to historic landmarks in the area, the Blue Cut Fire was a particular… Continue Reading


Gun violence discussed at townhall sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank (LA Daily News)

Loren Lieb remembers the summer day gun violence changed her family's life. It was Aug. 10, 1999, when Buford Furrow walked in to the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and opened fire. Five people were injured, including Lieb's son. The gunman later killed a postal worker. "You send your children to camp and you expect them to come home with a scratched knee or sunburn. You don't expect them to be shot," Lieb said as she spoke to a crowd gathered for a townhall on gun v… Continue Reading