White House slams Schiff, Feinstein over 'gross oversteps' in Russian Federation investigations

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Schiff noted that the choice of witnesses is determined by panel Republicans - who control the committee - some of whom he accused of trying to stall, or possibly shut down, the investigation, possibly to distract from the investigation of Trump.

Grassley and Graham, who co-authored the letter referring Steele for a criminal inquiry and together have led the Senate charge for a second special counsel to review the FBI's conduct, say the steps panel Republicans have taken are legitimate.

Schiff placed the blame largely on Republican Devin Nunes, saying the GOP chairman of the committee - who stepped aside from running the investigation for much of past year - has blocked dozens of requests for witnesses and subpoenas, with the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The comment appeared to be at odds with the White House's official position, which was supportive of the measure.

Ryan responded in a statement: "While Mr. Schiff tries to distract from the serious, bipartisan review that's been underway for almost a year, we will stay focused on following the facts and working to safeguard the upcoming election".

President Donald Trump appeared to call for an end to the investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, urging Republicans to "take control" in a tweet Wednesday morning. The phenomenon has inspired Democrats across Congress to strike out on their own, drafting reports and publicizing findings to date from the various Russian Federation probes underway in the House and Senate.

Trump also would not commit to an interview with Robert Mueller. The New York Times has reported that a Trump aide may have raised the FBI's flags when George Papadopoulos bragged to an Australian diplomat about knowing Russian Federation had dirt on Hillary Clinton, a conversation that diplomat relayed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Schiff also said that he would hold Ryan responsible if the House probe "is prematurely curtailed for political reasons". But panel Democrats - who failed to bring along any GOP support for their report in the year since ranking Democrat Sen. But Schiff says that's not enough.

Schiff said a Thursday morning tweet from Trump nearly "doomed" a key House vote to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program.

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Schiff complained that Republicans were unwilling to press those members of the Trump team who participated in a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower for a complete record of their communications over email, telephone, and encrypted applications. Trump's son invoked attorney-client privilege, telling the House panel that he did not want to reveal the contents of their conversation because it was in presence of their lawyers, according to Schiff.

Trump also claimed during the campaign that the Clinton Foundation made millions off the deal, which has been debunked.

"I think it would be valuable for her to testify and come before the committee", Schiff said.

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