House Intel chair rejects call for new Russia probe

House Intel chair rejects call for new Russia probe
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is rejecting bipartisan calls for his panel to open a new investigation into allegations that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election with the intention of helping elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE.

In a Monday statement, Nunes argued that new probes “would duplicate” his committee’s efforts and pointed to its “vigorous oversight” of current investigations into cyber attacks connected to the campaign.

“As the FBI, CIA, and other elements of the Intelligence Community continue their investigations into these attacks, the House Intelligence Committee will remain a vigilant monitor of their efforts,” Nunes said. “We will also closely oversee the production of the report on these attacks requested by President Obama to ensure its analytical integrity.”


"At this time I do not see any benefit in opening further investigations, which would duplicate current committee oversight efforts and Intelligence Community inquiries.”

Nunes did request that the CIA and FBI give his committee briefings on alleged Russian interference no later than Friday, the chairman said in a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Monday night.

Earlier on Monday, Senate Majority Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWe don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble House passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome MORE (R-Ky.) said the Senate Intelligence Committee should take the lead on investigating the CIA’s findings that the Russian government meddled in the election.

He rejected calls for a special select committee to review the allegations, despite support from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhoopi Goldberg signs four-year deal with ABC to stay on 'The View' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Meghan McCain: Country has not 'healed' from Trump under Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) and incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (D-N.Y.).

“We’re going to follow the regular order. It’s an important subject and we intend to review it on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said when asked if he’d support a special bipartisan commission.

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) said on Monday he backs a possible investigation, but also rejects special panel, emphasizing the integrity of the vote.

“As we work to protect our democracy from foreign influence, we should not cast doubt on the clear and decisive outcome of this election,” Ryan said.

President-elect Trump has dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" the CIA-backed allegation that Moscow sought to meddle for his benefit in last month's election.