WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee will likely continue to battle this week over remarks Rep. John Kline and other Republicans made after a closed hearing Thursday.
At the time, Kline told The Hill newspaper that “based on what I heard and the documents I have seen, I came away with a very clear impression that we did gather information that did disrupt terrorist plots.”
In response, Democrats said they were considering punishing the Republican members on the subcommittee, who they argued had disclosed sensitive information with the press after they agreed that the meeting would be closed to the public.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., the chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations who appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Friday, called Kline’s comments “really quite remarkable and irresponsible.”
Schakowsky said that she didn’t know if sanctions ought to be given, or what might be done, but that “I certainly think there needs to be accountability.”
Schakowsky said: “I think it is a very serious breach of our obligations as members of the committee. At the very least, I would say it is a violation of the rules.”
Kline declined to comment this weekend on Schakowsky’s comments.
But late Friday night, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, fired back at Schakowsky and other Democrats.
Miller maintained that his members had acted appropriately.
“Mr. Kline has in no way released any classified information in regard to the hearing,” Miller told The Hill.
Miller then announced to The Hill that on Monday he would request that “the exact same hearing take place in an open forum.”