Schiff dismisses calls for his recusal from Russia investigation

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday rejected calls for him to recuse himself from the panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential campaign.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California characterized the suggestion of recusal, made by former Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), as not “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.”

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has recused himself from the investigation after several controversial visits to the White House.

Nunes is also now under a House ethics investigation for possibly disclosing classified information during his statements on the investigation, the charge that Rogers also levied against Schiff, which he rejected.

Asked about the current status of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Russian meddling, Schiff said, “It is back on track. We have exchanged witness lists. I think we’re largely in agreement with those witness lists,” and that the committee would move forward with hearings with Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) now in charge.

“I can happily report that I think we are back to where we were before the whole White House excursion," Schiff said. "And I think that’s enormously important for the investigation.”

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