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Politics Schiff lays out Republican efforts to block access in Russia probe

05:50  12 january  2018
05:50  12 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said committee Republicans had blocked Democrats' efforts to subpoena Deutsche Bank for financial records related to K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.) to run the Russia probe while the House Ethics Committee investigated allegations that Nunes had improperly publicized

Schiff is one of the good ones laying out the Truth ! The actual probe was due to the Dossier!! That's the FBI's basis for the probe . If there was any other evidence of any kind the FBI would have mentioned it while appearing before the council under oath!

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, left, speaks with Rep. Mike Conaway (R_Texas) before the start of a hearing in November. © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, left, speaks with Rep. Mike Conaway (R_Texas) before the start of a hearing in November.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday detailed a list of witnesses and documents Democrats say Republicans have kept them from accessing during the panel's Russia investigation, and blamed the committee's chairman and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) for attempting to end the probe before it is complete.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said that committee Republicans had blocked Democrats' efforts to subpoena Deutsche Bank for financial records related to President Trump's family on the suspicion that Russians "may have laundered money through Trump properties." Democrats also were stymied in their effort to subpoena executives at Twitter, Schiff said, to secure the direct messages that members of Trump's inner circle exchanged with representatives of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, who Democrats believe acted as Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Blocking witnesses and subpoenas, Nunes and all of his antics. This must stop. Vichy Republicans . Schiff also said that he would hold Ryan responsible if the House probe “is prematurely curtailed for political reasons.”

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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. Then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and son Donald Trump Jr. attended the meeting, which was initially billed to Trump Jr. as a means of securing information damaging to Trump's political opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton

According to two people with knowledge of the materials, the phone records Trump Jr. turned over to the panel were heavily redacted. Schiff added that GOP leaders refused to seek testimony from additional witnesses with knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting, including Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and the president's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.

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( ) Schiff also said that he would hold Ryan responsible if the House probe “is prematurely curtailed for political reasons.” Read more: Schiff lays out Republican efforts to block access in Russia probe (WaPo).

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said he would hold House Speaker Paul D. Ryan responsible if the panel's Russia probe is shuttered. He has been called an “intellectual prodigy” and is one of the most influential thinkers and writers in conservative Republican politics.

"If there's credible information that Ivanka Trump had contact with any participants in that meeting at the time of that meeting . . . I think it would be valuable to have her come and testify before the committee," Schiff said.

He added that he believes the committee should invite former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon to testify, saying "it's my expectation that he will be doing so."

In a new book, author Michael Wolff writes that Bannon thought the Trump Tower meeting was "treasonous."

Schiff's complaints come as the House GOP begins to pivot its attention away from questions of possible Russian collusion and toward those about the FBI's conduct during its probes of Trump's alleged Russia ties and Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The phenomenon has inspired Democrats across Congress to strike out on their own, drafting reports and publicizing findings to date from the various Russia probes underway in the House and Senate.

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Republicans have scheduled interviews of two important witnesses in New York next week—”in an effort to squeeze them in before end of year,” Schiff tweeted. Schiff suggested in one tweet that the pressure to quickly wrap up the probe is coming from Ryan, who has himself faced pressure by

Several Republican members of the House Intelligence panel have said in recent weeks they are eager to end the Russia investigation and issue a report, claiming they have nearly exhausted the roster of individuals they could interview.

Schiff said Thursday that the committee has interviewed 56 witnesses — half the number of people that have appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Schiff said, meaning there are "dozens" of witnesses they have yet to bring in.

He blamed panel chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) for ruling against bringing in certain witnesses, "even when he recused himself" from running the committee's probe. Nunes had stepped aside from the chairman's duties, deputizing Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.) to run the Russia probe while the House Ethics Committee investigated allegations that Nunes had improperly publicized classified information; he was cleared of those allegations in December.

A spokesman for Nunes declined to comment.

Schiff also said that he would hold Ryan responsible if the House probe "is prematurely curtailed for political reasons."

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

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