House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that Congress is “determined” to obtain President Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid allegations that the White House is attempting to hide calls with foreign leaders in the “same electronic file that is meant for covert action.”
“The paramount need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see whether, in the conversations with other world leaders and, in particular, with Putin, that the president was also undermining our security in a way that he thought would personally benefit his campaign,” Schiff said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are sequestered in that same electronic file that is meant for covert action, not meant for this, if there’s an effort to hide those and cover those up, yes, we’re determined to find out,” he added.
A whistleblower complaint alleges that several Trump administration officials moved a conversation Trump had with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to a highly classified server.
A summary transcript of the July phone call shows Trump repeatedly asking Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic candidate, and his son.
The House on Tuesday launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump after the new allegations over the call with Ukraine emerged.