Rep. Schiff blasts Republicans for limiting Russian Federation investigation in US House

Elias Hubbard
January 15, 2018

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Erik Prince says meeting with Russian banker unrelated to Trump campaign MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the White House owes him an apology after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused him of leaking House Intelligence Committee interviews to the press. The Senate panel's interviews are done by staff.

"There are witnesses who have knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting and what it was about prior to the meeting that have not been brought before our committee", Schiff said, according to the outlet. The phenomenon has inspired Democrats across Congress to strike out on their own, drafting reports and publicizing findings to date from the various Russian Federation probes underway in the House and Senate.

Schiff blamed the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, for the fact that the committee has interviewed "less than half of the number of witnesses" as the Senate intelligence committee, which is also conducting a Russian Federation probe, maintaining that "the chairman has a different agenda", PBS News Hour reported.

"We can't do a thorough and credible investigation unless we obtain these documents - unless we talk to these witnesses", Schiff said.

The interview behind closed doors on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee will focus on Bannon's time on the campaign, not the transition or his time in the White House, the source said.

Aides to the committee's leaders declined comment.

Ryan responded in a statement: "While Mr. Schiff tries to distract from the serious, bipartisan review that's been underway for almost a year, we will stay focused on following the facts and working to safeguard the upcoming election".

Rep. Adam Schiff, whose frustration with his Republican colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee has been building for months, said Thursday that members of President Trump's party were trying to stymie the congressional investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign. But Schiff says that's not enough. Then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and son Donald Trump Jr. attended the meeting, which was initially billed to Trump a means of securing information damaging to Trump's political opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. He declined to say whom these individuals were when asked.

Schiff said there are still several important issues that Democrats want to investigate, but that Republicans won't issue subpoenas to get the information.

"That's a head-in-the-sand approach, which is deeply at odds with the commitment we've made to the public", Schiff said in a meeting with reporters. He has yet to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators.

"I think it would be valuable for her to testify and come before the committee", Schiff said.

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