Congressman Adam Schiff, flanked by the other House Intel Committee Democrats, announced tonight that they would be releasing a “status” report on the loose threads in the investigation that haven’t been followed up on.
Schiff called it a “terrible disservice to the country and the American people” for Republicans to end the probe, saying, “This is no way to run an investigation, it is only a way to go through the motions to give the pretense of trying to find the truth.”
He claimed there’s “significant evidence” on collusion and said Devin Nunes‘ goal in all this was to “distract the public, to put the government on trial.”
After he spoke, the status report appeared online:
The decision to shut down the investigation before key witnesses could be interviewed and vital documentary evidence obtained will prevent us from fully discharging our duty to the House and to the American people. But the Committee Minority will be issuing an interim report that lays out the facts that we know to date and identifies what significant investigative steps remain, especially with respect to the issues of collusion and obstruction of justice. In this document, we will set out the investigative threads that we have been pursuing—and in some cases, been prevented from pursuing—and will need to be completed at a later date to ensure not only that the public is fully informed, but also to determine whether the Russians have leverage over the President of the United States.
They list a number of unanswered questions (i.e. “Why did President Trump and his advisors write a misleading public statement following revelations in the summer of 2017 that his son, Donald Trump Jr., and two other senior campaign advisors attended a June 2016 meeting in which they were promised sensitive information from the Russian government which would be damaging to Hillary Clinton?”) and people who the committee should have spoken to but haven’t yet.
Watch above, via CNN.
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