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Politico: House Intel Dems Blocking Key Witness Interviews

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 10:17 PM

Democrats are blocking key witness interviews in the House Intelligence Committee's  investigation into Russia's election meddling, Politico reported.

The House panel was set to interview 10 witnesses this month, but has put them on hold after the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., objected, according to Politico, which cited two unnamed sources.

A third source told the outlet the panel was not yet ready to conduct the interviews, since some of the witnesses have not complied with requests for documents.

The interviews would have included former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page and longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone – both of whom have said they are eager to testify – along with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Politico reported.

Meanwhile, the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Schiff are embroiled in a  public brawl over the probe, Politico reported.

Schiff on Thursday blasted Nunes for continuing to hold power over the investigation's subpoenas, despite pledging nearly two months ago to step aside.

And Nunes responded on Twitter, sniping: "Seeing a lot of fake news from media elites and others who have no interest in violations of Americans' civil liberties via unmaskings."

The president got into the fight Wednesday with a pair of tweets.

"The majority and the witnesses are ready to go," one source told Politico. "But the minority continues to object, claiming they aren't ready."

Another source told the outlet Schiff and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who's leading the investigation after Nunes' decision to step aside, had agreed not to conduct witness interviews until after they responded to the committee's requests for documents.

Stone told Politico the House panel offered him a chance to testify privately with two members of each party present – but he wants a public session.

"Bottom line — they can't handle the truth," Stone wrote in an email, Politico reported.

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