Republicans are not only trying to cover-up the treasonous Trump-Russia ties, they also want to keep Democrats out of the loop on the investigation.
But Democrats are not budging. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, forcefully rejected a call for him to recuse himself from the panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential campaign.
The California lawmaker characterized the suggestion of recusal, made by former Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), as “absurd.”
“A lot of us have characterized how we’ve seen the intelligence,” Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
“Mr. Rogers and others don’t quarrel with those who say they’ve seen no evidence.”
Last week, intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) recused himself from the investigation after controversial visits to the White House.
Nunes is also now under a House ethics investigation for possibly disclosing classified information during his statements on the investigation, the charge that Rogers also levied against Schiff, which he rejected.
Asked about the current status of the Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian meddling, Schiff said, “It is back on track. We have exchanged witness lists. I think we’re largely in agreement with those witness lists,” and that the committee would move forward with hearings with Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) now in charge.
“I can happily report that I think we are back to where we were before the whole White House excursion,” Schiff said.