House Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Adam Schiff Wednesday accused the Trump administration of blocking efforts to provide Russian information he viewed last week to the full committee — vowing, however, that "we are not going to let the White House or anyone else distract us from our core focus."
"The White House clearly only wanted one person to see these documents, and that person was our chairman," the California Democrat told Chris Cuomo on CNN. "It reluctantly had to allow myself to view it" along with the co-chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Now, I want the full committees to be able to see that — and we're meeting resistance," Schiff said.
Schiff viewed the information last Friday, a day after the administration invited him and the Senate panel chairman to see the data that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes saw earlier last month — and later shared with the media and with President Donald Trump.
The actions by Nunes, the Republican who also represents California, led Schiff and other Democrats to call for him to recuse himself from its probe into Russian activities during last year's presidential election.
Schiff told the White House before viewing the data that he would only see it if that information was shared with the entire committee.
"If these documents are so damming or so indicating of the president as he suggests, why are they opposing efforts to provide them to the full committee?" Schiff asked Cuomo. "I think that's a question worthy of the White House answering."
Meanwhile, Nunes himself declined to comment Wednesday on any developments in the inquiry.
"We're not going to talk about anything to do with this investigation," he told CNN's Manu Raju.
"Why not?" the reporter asked.
"Because the investigation is ongoing."
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