The House Intelligence Committee is poised to restart its investigation into Russia with a new Republican at the helm after a multi-week hiatus, CNN reported.
The committee was essentially left for dead after the firestorm created when former chair Devin Nunes was accused of doing the bidding of the White House and subsequently recused himself to fight ethics charges.
But his replacement, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, told CNN the committee is ready to start calling witnesses, has bipartisan buy-in on a schedule to work longer hours and has new access to classified material.
"We're working in a bipartisan manner, we're going to be thorough, professional and meticulous," Conaway told CNN.
Conaway reportedly asked for and got a reprieve from committee Democrats to hold their fire on Nunes so that he could do what was necessary to jumpstart the committee and its probe into Russia meddling in the November election.
Ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has been conspicuous in his silence over the congressional recess.
"I think that both Adam (Schiff) and Mike (Conaway) are sincere in the fact that they want to get to the bottom of the issues and hopefully we get there and hopefully it's not sabotaged in any way by something that doesn't have anything to do with the investigation," Rep. Tom Rooney told CNN.
Rooney, R-Fla., is helping Conaway lead the investigation along with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
The committee is moving forward with the scheduling of hearings that were postponed by Nunes, including FBI Director James Comey, deposed interim attorney general Sally Yates, and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, among others.
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