Well, Rep. Schiff isn’t going to be able to call any more witnesses to testify before the House Intelligence Committee because Nunes is bringing the committees investigation to a close.
The House Intelligence Committee just sent a strong signal that their probe into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia is coming to an end. The committee has officially concluded their interviews, according to a source familiar with the process.
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Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Russia investigation, is expected to announce Monday that the committee has finished their interviews and will now be moving towards writing a final report summarizing their findings.
This announcement is expected to be met with intense criticism from Democrats. They have indicated that there are still many witnesses that should be called by the committee. They also argue that Republicans have failed to use subpoenas to obtain documents and require their witnesses to answer questions central to the probe.
The committee will most likely issue two different reports, one from the GOP which will conclude that there is no evidence of collusion and another from Democrats that argues a case for collusion. The Democratic report may also give details about the avenues the committee failed to investigate.
The Monday announcement will increase the divide between parties that has influenced the House Intelligence Committee for this past year. There has been infighting over Chairman Devin Nunes’ role in the investigation and about competing memos focused on surveillance abuses at the FBI in the previous administration.
Several GOP members of the committee have been signaling for the last few weeks that they are ready to be done with the Russia investigation. They argue that Democrats are trying to extend the probe into the campaign season.
“To me, I don’t see anything else that’s out there that hasn’t been explored,” Rep. Pete King, a New York Republican, told CNN last week.
Democrats counter that the committee has raced through the final interviews and allowed witnesses to choose which questions they want to answer. They note that the committee in fact issued a subpoena to Steve Bannon in January, but he did not answer questions about his time in the White House when he returned for testimony. And they argue that Republicans did not issue subpoenas for White House communications director Hope Hicks and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, even though Democrats sought them.
“There are a number of steps that I think any credible investigator would say, ‘These need to be done,’ and we still hope that they will be,” the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said after Lewandowski’s interview last week.
There are still two committees in the Senate that are investigating possible Russian collusion in the 2016 election: the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. But only the Senate Intelligence Committee seems to be pushing forward at full speed on its investigation.
Do you think the House Intelligence Committee finishing their investigation will cause the other investigations to wrap up? Should they be wrapped up?