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Top Dem Warns House GOP Is Planning To End Russia Investigation, Mueller Probe

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Top Dem Warns House GOP Is Planning To End Russia Investigation, Mueller Probe




Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that he is “increasingly worried” Republicans are planning to shut down the committee’s Russia investigation at the end of the year, slamming the House GOP for failing to issue subpoenas or schedule witness interviews in the new year.

“I’m increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month,” Schiff tweeted. “Republicans have scheduled no witnesses after next Friday and none in 2017 (sic). We have dozens of outstanding witnesses on key aspects of our investigation that they refuse to contact and many document requests they continue to sit on.”

The New York Times reported Friday that the committee is scheduling its final witnesses of the year to testify in New York, confirming no additional witnesses are scheduled yet in 2018.

“I feel no need to apologize for concluding an investigation,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told the Times, while also denying that the investigation is over.




“It appears Republicans want to conduct just enough interviews to give the impression of a serious investigation,” Schiff charged.

The Hill added:

In subsequent tweets, Schiff warned that attacks on the integrity of Robert Mueller’s special counsel office are a warning sign that could mean Republicans in Congress and the White House are planning on targeting that investigation as well.

The House Intelligence Committee, as well as Mueller, are conducting separate probes into Russian election interference and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

“Beyond our investigation, here’s what has me really concerned: The attacks on Mueller, DOJ and FBI this week make it clear they plan to go after Mueller’s investigation,” he tweeted. “Aggressively and soon.”

“By shutting down the congressional investigations when they continue to discover new and important evidence, the White House can exert tremendous pressure to end or curtail Mueller’s investigation or cast doubt on it,” Schiff concluded. “We cannot let that happen.”

Schiff also slammed Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), tweeting the following:

President Trump has repeatedly dismissed the investigations, calling the federal probe a “witch hunt.”

Trump has also reportedly pressed top Senate Republicans to end their investigation into Russian interference.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign during 2016 election has only continued to intensify in recent weeks, with Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn last month pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia and also Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort the month before being charged with money laundering and fraud.




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