Senate Intel member distances from House committee on approach to Russia probe

A senator on the Senate Intelligence Committee said his panel is working on the Russia investigation "on a bipartisan basis," unlike the House Intelligence Committee.

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingAngus King: McCabe firing seemed 'mean-spirited' With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks Rand Paul to oppose Pompeo, Haspel MORE (I-Maine) said on Sunday that there isn’t much of a relationship between the two congressional committees working on the Russia probe.

“There really isn’t that much of a relationship. We’re only a couple of hundreds of yards apart but it is worlds apart in terms of the way we have approached this,” King told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press."


He noted that his committee has not released "memos and countermemos." Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo in early February composed from classified documents released to the committee from the FBI and Justice Department. It was followed later in the month by a memo compiled by Democrats on the committee rebutting its claims using the same classified information.

The critical rhetoric between the two parties represented on the House committee has intensified in recent weeks, with the ranking member frequently blasting the chairman for not subpoenaing witnesses.

"It's not my position to comment on what they do," King continued. "I'm going to concentrate on doing our role as best we can. So far we've been able to maintain a bipartisan approach to this."

The interview follows another controversy on the House committee regarding leaked text messages.

Recently, the Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly found that a Republican member of the House committee leaked to Fox News text messages sent by Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica attracts scrutiny | House passes cyber response team bill | What to know about Russian cyberattacks on energy grid Cambridge Analytica: Five things to watch MORE (D-Va.). The Senate committee's chairman, Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica attracts scrutiny | House passes cyber response team bill | What to know about Russian cyberattacks on energy grid Week ahead: Senate Intel panel tackles election security Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump unveils new sanctions on Russia | Feds say Russian hackers targeted US energy grid | NSA nominee sails through second confirmation hearing MORE (R-N.C.), denied that his committee reached that conclusion.

But King said Sunday, "There is evidence that it came out of the House side and that's disturbing."

Fox News published text messages between Warner and Adam Waldman — a lobbyist with ties to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump adds to legal team after attacks on Mueller Press: You can’t believe a word he says Feehery: March Madness MORE.

Warner was trying to establish a contact with Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier alleging links between President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE and Russia, as part of the Senate’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Some Republicans criticized Warner for attempting to make contact with Steele outside the regular channels, and Trump said it was "all tied into Crooked Hillary [Clinton].”