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Congress of the United States Washington, BE 20515 February 12, 2020 ‘The Honorable Adam B. Schiff, Chairman Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence HYVC-304, Capitol Visitor Center Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Mr. Chairman, Under your chairmanship, the House Intelligence Committee has strayed far from its mandate of overseeing the Intelligence Community. In fact, we have gone months at a time in which we've hardly held any oversight-related briefings or hearings at all. During this period of inadequate oversight, numerous critical issues pertinent to this Committee's jurisdiction were ignored. Most notably, on December 9, 2019, the Department of Justice Inspector General issued a report detailing significant abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by Intelligence Community officials related to the Carter Page FISA applications. ‘The IG also identified seventeen serious shortcomings related to the conduct of the investigation, which raise serious legal and policy questions that this Committee is uniquely postured to consider. ‘The IG Report was followed by the release of a declassified assessment by the Department of Justice acknowledging that at least two of the four FISA applications lacked probable cause. Despite the seriousness of these issues and our clear jurisdiction, you have failed to hold a single briefing or hearing on this matter. Until the Committee prioritizes oversight activities related to urgent and critical concerns, Republican Members cannot support distractions from our core responsibilities. Given this Committee's access to highly sensitive information, it is conceming that you prioritize publicity events rather than the more productive work that occurs in the Committee's classified spaces. There are numerous Committees in the House of Representatives that may conduct public hearings on emerging science and technology matters; the House Intelligence Committee should focus on critical issues we are uniquely postured to address. Republican Members of the Committee will continue to work to carry out the vital work we do for the American people and will participate in Committee functions that are productive and carried out in the appropriate setting. However, Republicans will not be participating in today's scheduled open hearing for the reasons outlined above. We hope this Committee can move past political investigations and publicity stunts and get back to the important work we have traditionally undertaken on a bipartisan basis. Sincerely, On SS Chris Stewart Ranking Member Ranking Member Strategic Technologies & Advanced Research Subcom: K: Muthet ll fogs Michael Cofaway Michael R. Turner Member of Congress Member of Congress Fa F Lhd) Brad Wenstrup Ridk Crawfor Member of Congress ‘Member of Congress Eli ss ; ‘Will Hurd Member of Congress Member of Congress John Rateliffe lember of Congress