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Schiff: Nunes Remains Involved in Russia Investigation

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By    |   Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:32 PM

Rep. Devin Nunes was to have recused himself from leading a House investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, but he's continuing to issue subpoenas and letters to the Department of Justice, Rep. Adam Schiff, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, complained Thursday.

"He shouldn't be doing any of this if he's truly stepped aside," Schiff, who represents California, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "We continue to raise this issue with the majority. That's an authority that is the subpoena power that should have been delegated to Rep. [Mike] Conaway, in consultation with myself. I find it inexplicable that he tries to exercise this authority."

Last week, Nunes, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, threatened Attorney General Jeff Sessions, through a letter, with a public grilling unless he produces documents about an incriminating Russian dossier that alleged meetings between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russians, reports CNN.

In the letter, obtained by CNN, Nunes also threatened to hold Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress if they did not surrender the documents. No other members of the committee signed the letter.

"We're determined to plow ahead and try to ignore the distractions, but it is not helpful to be picking a fight with the DOJ and the FBI," said Schiff. "It also violates the practice of the committee, which is that we seek voluntary compliance in getting information before we contemplate a subpoena."

In the case of Nunes' letter, "there was no written request, let alone bipartisan request, that we felt the DOJ or the FBI was stonewalling on," said Schiff, "so I don't understand the point, except I suppose this is an effort by the chair to discredit Mr. Steele and maybe discredit the FBI in its investigation, but I see little purpose in that if our goal is to get to the truth."

Meanwhile, Trump's son, Donald Jr., will meet with staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, and Schiff said his committee is interested in whatever information the senators can share from that.

"We expect to have Don Jr. come before our committee as well," Schiff said. "A lot of the details in the meeting will be significant. But what we try to do in these interviews, because we can't always expect the witnesses are going to be fully honest with us, as we try to look for other witnesses that were either present, that were involved in setting up the meetings, that may have relevant documents so we have a way of either corroborating or disproving what we're told about the contents of this meeting or others."

Schiff said he does believe there was some relationship between Russians and the Trump campaign, as there are "just too many meetings that have been confirmed by the Trump organization, and publicly at this point."

"If you and I had said when we first started talking about this six months or nine months ago that we would find evidence effectively in black and white that the Russians through intermediaries approached the top people in the campaign including the president's oldest son, and offered derogatory information about Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government to help Mr. Trump and that the campaign accepted that invitation, you would have said you'll never find that," Schiff said. "Yet, that has been found. So we know a lot more. I think the claims that there was no evidence of collusion have long since fallen away."

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Rep. Devin Nunes was to have recused himself from leading a House investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, but he's continuing to issue subpoenas and letters to the Department of Justice, Rep. Adam Schiff, his Democratic counterpart on the committee,...
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