Intel Dem says minority may publish report detailing panel Republican attempts to hinder Russia probe

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee may publish a report detailing ways panel Republicans attempted to hinder the Russia probe, according to a senior Democrat on the committee.

In an interview published Tuesday, Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down House Intel lawmakers introduce bipartisan election security bill Strength in Unity: A lesson on civility and cooperation from Ireland MORE (D-Conn.) told Greg Sargent, a liberal columnist for The Washington Post, that Democrats are considering releasing such a minority report. One such example of Republican attempts to hurt the investigation, according to Himes, includes refusing to call certain witnesses.

“If the investigation gets wound up too quickly, the minority report would be largely about outstanding questions that were never examined,” Himes said in the interview.

The Connecticut lawmaker emphasized that he hopes the report will not be a necessary step. 

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“It’s in both the Democrats’ and the Republicans’ interests to ... write a report based on a common set of facts,” Himes said. “It would be a tragedy if the report has a minority section that says, ‘Look, we wanted to talk to these two dozen witnesses and weren’t able to do so.'”

His remarks come after Democrats on the committee voiced concerns that Republicans are trying to prematurely cut off the panel's investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia's meddle in the presidential election.

In a report by The Washington Post on Sunday, source familiar with the matter say Democrats are frustrated that committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesJim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms Police close Nunes district office as protesters rally outside Top aide in Kenneth Starr investigation will vote for Dems for first time MORE (R-Calif.), who solely holds the power to subpoena witnesses, refused to seek dozens of interviews and records that the minority repeatedly requested.

Democrats are interested in talking to Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSan Francisco ethics official sues Secret Service over Trump Jr. trip to India Spicer slams Omarosa on WH recordings: 'She will do anything to further her own being' White House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBrennan fires back at Trump: 'I will not relent' NYT columnist: A tape of Trump saying N-word could make his supporters like him more GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape MORE again, both of whom appeared before the committee earlier this year.

Democrats hope to find out a number of things from such testimonies, including whether foreign policy campaign aide George Papadopoulos talked to top campaign officials about having implicating information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Fox News host hits Giuliani: Dossier isn't why Mueller probe was started MORE's campaign, The New York Times reported Saturday. They also reportedly want to see if dirt on Clinton is connected at all to the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer. 

Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators and has been cooperating with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffInternet security leader: Hackers are 'trying to undermine very process of democracy' Republicans and Democrats alike face troubling signals from voters Schiff blasts GOP for Russia probe conduct: 'That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one' MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in mid-December that the investigation may be winding down, pointing to lack of scheduled interviews in 2018.

"I’m increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month," Schiff tweeted. "We have dozens of outstanding witnesses on key aspects of our investigation that they refuse to contact and many document requests they continue to sit on."

Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.), a senior Republican on the panel, denied that the probe is definitively over, stating it would wrap up naturally.

“I feel no need to apologize for concluding an investigation,” Gowdy told the The New York Times last month.

A spokesman for Nunes's office declined to comment on the possibility of a minority report.