December 2, 2022

The next is a transcript of an interview with Democratic Consultant Adam Schiff of California that aired Sunday, March 6, 2022, on “Face the Country.”


MARGARET BRENNAN: Welcome again to FACE THE NATION. We now need to cross to Space Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. He is a Democrat from California and joins us from the Los Angeles house. Just right morning to you.

REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF: Just right morning.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I need to get started on Ukraine. America purchases about 600,000 barrels of Russian petroleum merchandise an afternoon. Speaker Pelosi mentioned that oil will have to be banned. The White Space says it is having a look at choices. What’s that possibility? Does an answer come from Congress or is that this one thing President Biden must act on?

REP. SCHIFF: I feel it would come from both position. I feel there may be very sturdy bipartisan reinforce to bring to a halt Russian oil and gasoline gross sales to america. It is anathema, I feel, to many people in Congress that whilst we had been sanctioning them and seeking to cripple their economic system that approach would assist them in any respect by way of buying their petroleum. However I feel the management desires to make certain that we paintings with our allies. This may occasionally have an have an effect on to- doubtlessly on world oil costs, together with right here at house, the place in Los Angeles now gasoline is over $5 a gallon. So he desires to make certain that we perceive the have an effect on at the world provide. However I feel there’s sturdy reinforce to turn unity with Ukraine, but in addition to make certain that American greenbacks are not supporting the Russian warfare gadget in any respect.

MARGARET BRENNAN: How briefly does that want to occur? I imply, that is Putin’s lifeline. It is a money cow.

REP. SCHIFF: Smartly, I feel we love to behave on it in no time. On the identical time, you realize, we should be circumspect about the truth that Russia will most definitely in finding elsewhere to promote that oil and gasoline to. So the have an effect on in the end on Russia will not be as robust as we would love. It is why we need to proceed to discover further techniques to in point of fact weigh down the Russian economic system. However I’ve to mention I am drastically inspired with how the sector has come at the side of how right here in Congress, in an excessively partisan Congress, Democrats and Republicans are uniting round this hard sanction package deal, in addition to offering extra defensive army reinforce to Ukraine. There’s monumental unity with the courageous other folks of Ukraine.

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MARGARET BRENNAN: There’s unity, however it sort of feels that Vladimir Putin is prepared to endure the results of the ones sanctions. And the Russian individuals are, the army isn’t preventing its advance, a minimum of that we will see. what is going to occur if, as President Zelensky is predicting he loses his existence on this Russian assault, what is going to america do then?

REP. SCHIFF: Smartly, he has, I feel, been a shockingly brave wartime chief. This used to be, I imagine, every other miscalculation by way of Putin, who believes Zelensky used to be vulnerable, would now not be capable of lead a rustic to warfare. However in reality, he has proved to be drastically sturdy and now not best rallied Ukrainians, however I feel rallied other folks all over the world. I do not need to ponder what would possibly occur in his absence, even if I do assume the Ukrainian other folks will combat on and we can proceed to reinforce them. However clearly, we are doing the entirety we will, supplying, I feel, actual time intelligence to assist give protection to him, in addition to to provide Ukrainians the tips they want to protect themselves.

MARGARET BRENNAN: The U.S. and world powers, as we spoke to Secretary Blinken about, are doubtlessly at the cusp of a brand new diplomatic handle Iran, a renewed model of this nuclear program will have to the Biden management provide that to Congress for assessment? Do you wish to have to check out it?

REP. SCHIFF: Smartly, I am without a doubt going to need to take a look at it and learn about it and assess the deserves of it. I feel it is going to come down in the end as to if this is a, necessarily re-entering the deal that the Trump management pulled The united states out of or it’s considerably different- new and diversified deal. If it is the latter then I feel it is going to require a vote within the Congress. If- if it is the former, then the management might be able to do this by itself. In the long run, I feel the verdict to drag out used to be disastrous. Iran has moved ahead each in relation to its enrichment, but in addition in relation to its experience. And in the end, we are going to need to weigh the have an effect on of that on any new settlement.

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MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re the chair of intelligence, you realize, neatly, Iran’s espionage actions and the operations they have attempted to hold out on US soil, together with this try to kidnap a New York based totally journalist. There also are threats in opposition to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and different Trump officers. Will have to this new handle Iran come with a promise to prevent sporting out the ones more or less operations on U.S. soil?

REP. SCHIFF: Smartly, I would like a nuclear deal to incorporate prohibitions on Iran’s malign actions, a cessation of its missile and drone program. However the query isn’t what I would love, however reasonably whether or not a deal this is confined to curtailing Iran’s talent to get a bomb is a superb deal. And I feel if we will take off the desk, any pathway to a bomb for year- for Iran, that during itself is worth it. Those different malign actions of Iran’s, their plots in opposition to the U.S. staff or American citizens all over the world we will handle and need to handle one after the other, and we will have to handle them aggressively. However I would not say that we will have to overlook to prevent their nuclear program on account of those different actions. We want to cross finally of this, now not essentially in a single settlement.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Earlier than I assist you to cross, I need to ask in regards to the January six committee. There used to be a building this week, a courtroom submitting claiming there’s now proof that President Trump broke the regulation in his efforts to overturn the election in 2020. Do you assume that the lawyer normal is transferring rapid sufficient along with his enforcement?

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REP. SCHIFF: What we made transparent in our submitting to the courtroom is we imagine there is a excellent religion foundation to conclude that the previous president and his marketing campaign will have violated any selection of federal rules, together with obstructing an reputable  continuing, the joint consultation, and defrauding the American other folks. And I do assume that the Justice Division needs to be having a look at those problems and needs to be investigating particularly simply to provide one very graphic instance the previous president at the telephone with the secretary of state in Georgia difficult that he in finding 11,780 votes that did not exist, however the correct quantity he would want to overtake President Biden. I feel if somebody else had engaged in that dialog, they might be underneath investigation and it will have to be no diversified for the previous president. So I feel the dept is diligently pursuing those that assault the Capitol that day. However there have been more than one traces of effort to overturn the election that can have violated the regulation, which additionally will have to be investigated.

MARGARET BRENNAN: All proper. Chairmanship, thanks to your time this morning. We’re going to be proper again.