The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is drilling down on their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the allegations about whether there was “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
However, House Democrats on the committee are reportedly blocking about a dozen witnesses from testifying – and those witnesses all happen to be the ones who say there is no evidence of collusion.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was scheduled to testify at a closed hearing, but Democrats on the committee blocked his testimony, using the excuse that they “needed more time to prepare.”
“He’s the guy that many Democrats have been pointing to as the supposed mastermind and you would think they were interested hearing his story,” said one Capitol Hill official.
Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and former adviser Roger Stone have both said they would like to testify in the case. Also, subpoenas had been issued to Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Page, whose testimony was blocked, has said he “personally saw no active measures by the Russian government or another foreign entities to interfere in any political campaigns whatsoever – neither last year no at any point throughout my life.”
Many of the wild claims from a dossier set forth by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, have already been debunked as being false.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, who is overseeing the House Intelligence Committee investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, admitted in an interview Sunday that he “thinks there is evidence” but “not enough you could take to a jury.”
Schiff told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, “Well, I think there is evidence. I can’t go into the particulars of our closed investigation. But I also think there is also evidence of obstruction. But in both cases, I would say, whether there is some evidence doesn’t mean there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“But I’m not prepared to say that there’s proof you could take to a jury,” he said. “But I can say that there is enough that we ought to be investigating.”
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