Politics Democrats fuming after House GOP ends Russia probe
House panel votes to approve GOP report finding no collusion between Trump and Russia
Democrats on the panel are furious with Republicans for shutting down the probe early, in their estimation, calling the report a move to protect President Trump.“It went through,” Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.), who has been running the panel’s Russia investigation, said while exiting the committee’s secure facilities on Capitol Hill. Neither he nor any of the other panel members would offer additional details about the report or the committee’s vote.
WASHINGTON — House Democrats are expressing outrage over the decision by their House Republican counterparts to end the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and collusion, arguing that they haven't uncovered the truth.
Republicansafter finding no evidence that Russians colluded with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, according to a 150-page report released by Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas.
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In response, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the panel, slammed Republicans and called it a "tragic milestone for this Congress and represents yet another capitulation to the executive branch."
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is responsible for determining "whether U.S. laws were broken and who should be prosecuted," Schiff added Monday night. "It is not Mueller's job to tell the American people what happened, that is our job, and the (GOP) Majority has walked away from it."
Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., tweeted that even as a member of the committee, he hadn't seen the Republicans' summary of their report.
"Huh. Interesting. I'm on the House Intel Committee and this is the first I've seen of this one pager. And its conclusions," tweeted Himes. He added in a statement that he didn't believe the committee adequately answered important questions in the Russia investigation and did not interview all witnesses necessary "to write a full and accurate report."
Top Intel Dem excoriates GOP over end of Russia probe
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) ripped into Republicans on the committee on Monday after they announced they were ending the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling."While the Majority members of our committee have indicated for some time that they have been under great pressure to end the investigation, it is nonetheless another tragic milestone for this Congress, and represents yet another capitulation to the executive branch," Schiff said in a statement.
The Republicans' conclusion came after the committee interviewed 73 witnesses and reviewed more than 300,000 pages of documents. The Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation is continuing.
"Dear Russia, you're cordially invited back to America this fall. — House Intel Republicans," tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., another member on the panel.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested that Democrats could take other action to circumvent Republicans.
"House Republicans have abandoned their oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people. Democrats will continue to take real, immediate action to secure our democracy," she said.
"While this investigation comes to a hasty and irresponsible end, the House majority cannot shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller, nor the investigation underway in the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence," Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., said Tuesday.
"Someone will find out the full truth eventually, and those of us who care about countering future Russian aggression will not stay silent or inactive," he added. "We will continue to pursue ways to safeguard our elections and protect against future attempts of collusion."
Other Democrats are still pushing for a bipartisan, independent commission.
"I still believe that the Congress should establish a bipartisan, independent commission to answer the questions that the Republican Majority on the House Intelligence Committee are choosing to leave unanswered," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
Schumer to Trump: When are you 'going to get smart' on Russia? .
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted President Trump's policy toward Russia on Thursday, questioning when he would "get smart" on Moscow."President Trump warns all the time that we need to 'get smart' about other countries taking advantage of the United States. So President Trump, when are you going to get smart about the threat Russia poses to the United States and our allies?" Schumer asked fr"President Trump warns all the time that we need to 'get smart' about other countries taking advantage of the United States. ... So President Trump, when are you going to get smart about the threat Russia poses to the United States and our allies?" Schumer asked from the Senate floor.
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