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 KingLeadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns Top cybersecurity official ousted by Trump Republicans start turning the page on Trump era 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 WarnerBipartisan, bicameral group unveils 8 billion coronavirus proposal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Congress ends its year under shadow of COVID-19 MORE (D-Va.). The Senate committee's chairman, Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrRep. Mark Walker announces Senate bid in North Carolina North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid 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 has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report McCaskill: 'Hypocrisy' for GOP to target Biden nominee's tweets after Trump Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate MORE.

Warner was trying to establish a contact with Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier alleging links between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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].”