Ranking Democrat ‘worried’ that the House will end Russia investigation

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is worried that Republicans in House leadership may dissolve the committee’s Russia probe by the end of the year. He detailed his concerns, and blasted Republicans for lapses he perceives, in a series of tweets on Friday.

Schiff said he thinks Republicans held just enough interviews to give the illusion of a full investigation, and now their winding things up, as they have no witnesses scheduled after next Friday, and none scheduled in 2017.

Schiff’s tweets are combined here:

I’m increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month.

Here’s why:

Since March, our investigation has made important progress. We’ve interviewed numerous key witnesses behind closed doors, held public hearings, reviewed thousands of documents, identified new leads — all to understand and expose Russia’s meddling and protect our democracy. 

Yet, Republicans have scheduled no witnesses after next Friday and none in 2017. 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.

It appears Republicans want to conduct just enough interviews to give the impression of a serious investigation.

Next week, they scheduled critical witness interviews out of state, when we are voting on the tax bill and vital government funding bills and no Members will be able to ask questions, in an effort to squeeze them in before end of year.

These witnesses are willing to come to DC.

Despite our repeated urging, Majority has declined to issue subpoenas in numerous avenues of the investigation, where there’s simply no other way to get the information. Some refusals we’ve made public, like witnesses hiding behind nonexistent privileges, many others we haven’t.

The responsibility to conduct a thorough investigation, or to prevent one, ultimately falls on @SpeakerRyan. I’m concerned he’s heeding the calls of Bannon and @POTUS to “DO SOMETHING” by closing down the Russia investigation & opening up another investigation of Hilary Clinton.

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.

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. We cannot let that happen.

 

The New York Times confirmed on Friday that the committee has no additional witnesses scheduled for 2018.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who is a senior member of  the committee, said investigation is not definitively over, and that it will wrap up naturally.

“I feel no need to apologize for concluding an investigation,” Gowdy said, according to the Times.

Gowdy has also predicted that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may soon lose his job.

“I’ll be a little bit surprised if he’s still an employee of the FBI this time next week,” Gowdy said on Fox News.

 

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