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Schiff: Russia Probe 'Back on Track,' China Could Be Sanctioned Over NKorea

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 12:30 PM

The investigation into any Russian ties to the presidential election is going well with its new Republican lead, according to Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

"I think we're back on track," Schiff said Wednesday on "CBS This Morning."

"We now have a new Republican lead. I think he is a very serious guy. We had a number of very productive conversations since he took the reins. We are both determined to conduct this in as nonpartisan a manner as possible, and follow the facts wherever they lead," Schiff added, talking about Texas Rep. Mike Conaway.

Referring to the issues with the previous Republican lead, Devin Nunes, Schiff said that "Ours was blown up for a time … that cast a big cloud over our committee, and it caused a lot of infighting within the committee. But mostly, it just brought discredit to the integrity of our investigation."

The House committee is "back on a parallel course with our Senate counterparts," he said. "That makes us all feel a little more comfortable, because we had fallen into some disrepute," Schiff said.

The congressman also said that China is key to the relationship with North Korea, after China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, said Friday, "There have been storm clouds gathering." 

"Just asking China repeatedly, asking China nicely, asking China not so nicely, that's not going to get a good result from China," Schiff said, pointing to sanctions that the U.S. could place on those who do business with North Korea. "You're the one who does the most business with North Korea," he said, referring to China.

"They have more influence than anyone else. We have to hope it is enough influence. At the end of the day, it may or may not be, but the bigger question at the moment is the lack of Chinese will to do anything about it."

China is not interested in regime change in North Korea or in unifying North and South under Western authority, Schiff said. "That's probably the second worst case after a nuclear confrontation," he added.

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