The head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is warning the "hysterics" surrounding the ongoing Russia investigation is paralyzing Congress.
In an op-ed piece for CNN posted Monday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., argued "media and political hysterics work in opposition to – not in favor of – getting to truth and transparency."
"Make no mistake, it's critical that we not gloss over any potential wrongdoing in the Russia investigation," he wrote. "If there were improper activities, we need to get to the bottom of the issue – and no one will be more committed to getting to the truth on a bipartisan basis than I will.
"Congress has a duty to hold government officials accountable when necessary, but it is counterproductive for the media and some of my Democrat colleagues to throw unsubstantiated claims regarding White House officials against a wall repeatedly to see what sticks," he added.
"America must not tolerate Russian intervention in our elections, but we must also not perpetuate a narrative that suggests a far bigger role than any evidence has proven. Fueling exaggeration and constant hysteria is something that could unravel a democracy like ours," he wrote.
Meadows says many Americans are tired of the "cable news drama" and "constant media frenzy" surrounding the Trump administration, and care more about policies that will impact their lives – and is urging the Russia probe be left in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller to independently investigate Kremlin's election involvement.
"It's time we let the special counsel do his job and allow Congress to focus on actually on doing ours," he wrote.
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