Rep. Adam Schiff on Sunday said he wouldn’t recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Politico reports.
Schiff is the top Democrat on the committee. Mike Rogers, a former Republican chairman on the committee, called for his recusal Friday, accusing him of politicizing the investigation and contributing to the intelligence committee’s “loss of focus.”
“Both Nunes and Schiff are equally to blame for the Committee’s loss of focus,” Rogers wrote in an op-ed on CNN.com. “How can a committee, which handles sensitive classified information, conduct its business when the purportedly secret information is discussed – even by insinuation – publicly in front of the media?”
Schiff last week suggested to the media the panel had “more than circumstantial evidence” of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the election.
Schiff on Sunday said Rogers’ suggestion of recusal wasn’t “serious.”
“A lot of us have characterized how we’ve seen the intelligence,” Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Mr. Rogers and others don’t quarrel with those who say they’ve seen no evidence.”
Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Chairman, temporarily stepped aside from the probe last week after he said “several leftwing activist groups” filed accusations against him with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Source: newsmax – Schiff Says He Won’t Step Aside From Russia Probe