Adam Schiff Launches Investigation Into Protesters Spied On By Trump
An investigation into the collecting of information on protesters by DHS by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf was informed of Schiff’s intentions via a letter. Schiff wrote, “Since its July 22, 2020 letter requesting documents, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (the “Committee”) has learned more about actions undertaken by Department of Homeland Security (“DHS” or the “Department”) personnel in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere, including personnel with DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis (“I&A”), an element of the U.S. Intelligence Community.”
He also wrote, “Let me be clear: reporting regarding the monitoring of peaceful protesters, creating and disseminating intelligence reports about journalists and protesters, and potential exploitation of electronic devices is deeply troubling.”
The letter concludes, “The revelations require a full accounting, and, if substantiated, must never be allowed to occur again. The Committee is therefore initiating, pursuant to its unique oversight and legislative authority, an investigation of I&A’s activities in Portland and in support of the Department’s response to protests nationwide.”
DHS has until August 10 to give Schiff all the information he needs for his investigation along with witnesses he requested. Some think DHS will do their best to avoid giving over the requested items in the hopes that Trump will be reelected. Many are sure that crimes were committed in the response to the protests which engulfed the nation after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
There have been many reports of rights of protesters being violated by both law enforcement and federal officers.