Rep. Stewart’s statement on the House Intelligence Committee’s first hearing

Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held its first public hearing of the 117th Congress. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement:

“The world is becoming a more dangerous place every day. North Korea is once again firing missiles, China is threatening Taiwan, Iran is moving toward nuclear capabilities, and Russia undermines American purposes at every opportunity. And what has the House Intelligence Committee being doing to secure American interests? 

“We have been on pause while Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) campaigned for a job as California’s Attorney General. Today, four months into the 117th Congress, the Committee held its first public hearing. The American people need to be aware of the threats we currently face.

“Our foreign adversaries are becoming more and more powerful in their respective regions, making them more likely to cooperate on a global scale to undermine our security interests. Rather than focus on these issues, the Biden Administration is suggesting they will turn the resources of the U.S. Intelligence Community inward to conduct domestic surveillance 

“This is a blatant effort to covertly target and retaliate against political opponents, potentially silencing dissent. Instead of using the intrusive powers of the Intelligence Community against U.S. citizens, we must start looking outward to ensure America’s national security. That is the responsibility of the House Intelligence Committee – one that we need to start prioritizing.”