Left-Wing Conspiracy? Why Banks Wants Schiff to Testify
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Trump-Russia probe and the impeachment hearings may end up being the biggest political scandal in American history, says Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). who is still keen on forcing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Banks spoke on Fox and Friends Thursday about Inspector General Micharl Horowitz's report on FBI activities leading up to and during the Russia probe.
"He shows what many of us know already, that this was all brought about for political purposes to begin with," said Banks.
Horowitz said in the report that the findings did not show any political bias on the part of the FBI going into the investigation, but that the agency made several key mistakes and errors during the investigation. Banks said he wants any misconduct out in the open. He believes Schiff and others who are key in the impeachment hearing and in the Russia probe should testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He called on Sen. Lindey Graham (R-S.C.), to subpoena their testimony.
"That’s how we make sure this never happens again: To bring the hog out in front of the American people and gut it so everyone in this country how all this travesty was brought about.”
If we subpoena Schiff’s phone records, we’re going to find out much of this was coordinated.
We should do that. We must ensure our country never again goes through the hell we’re going through because of the actions of Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and others.@FoxFriendsFirst pic.twitter.com/FyEOF5SFka
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) December 12, 2019
Banks said he still wants Graham to subpoena Schiff's phone records, along with Hunter and Joe Biden's, to prove who might be behind the impeachment hearing.
"Force him (Schiff) to testify. Bring Hunter Biden and Joe Biden in to testify," said Banks, adding that he believes the whistleblower's attorney should also have to speak before the committee.
Graham denied the request, which Banks sent to him via letter, last week, saying he believes when members of Congress begin subpoenaing each other's records, it could cause a breakdown of decorum. Banks said he believes Schiff's actions against Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), should be answered with the same accountability.
"There are a lot of reasons for us to believe that we're gonna find out that much of this was coordinated. Once again, coordinated for political purpose to damage a sitting president as he goes into an election year," said Banks. "This isn't about me. This isn't about Lindsey Graham. This isn't about Donald Trump. This is about making sure that our country never goes through the hell that we've gone through over the past year because of the actions of Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and other Democrat members of the House."
PHOTO: Rep. Jim Banks on Twitter