House Intel Dem: I haven't seen evidence of Trump campaign crime 'that the American people aren’t already aware of'

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesMcCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps MORE (D-Conn.) on Thursday said he hasn't seen evidence of a crime from the Trump campaign "that the American people aren't already aware of," adding that he's been surprised at times as a committee member what special counsel Robert Mueller and the media have uncovered.

“We’ve got a ways to go. This is an investigation that needs to be done right, not done quickly,” Himes said on CNN, adding that there are “probably dozens” of witnesses the committee still wants to interview.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of multiple congressional committees conducting separate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller is conducting a separate, criminal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Asked if he’s seen evidence of a crime from the Trump campaign, Himes said Thursday that it’s Mueller’s role to investigate crimes, but added he hasn’t “seen a lot that the American people aren’t already aware of,” citing the two guilty pleas and two indictments Mueller has obtained thus far.

Himes added that he's at times been surprised by what Mueller has uncovered, or what the media has reported, including the meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE and a Russian lawyer that took place in 2016 at Trump Tower.

The House Intelligence Committee in recent weeks and months has spoken with Donald Trump Jr., Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, among others.

Himes said "it's a little hard to say" when the committee might conclude its investigation, though committee Republicans have indicated they are ready to wrap it up.

Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm If Congress can't work together to address child hunger we're doomed Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm MORE (R-Texas) is leading the committee’s investigation after chairman Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists MORE (R-Calif.) recused himself.

Nunes is reportedly talking with other Republicans about compiling a report alleging corruption at the FBI. 

Himes on Thursday was critical of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE for attacking the FBI in recent days, saying he has “gone out of his way” to damage the bureau’s morale and standing among American citizens.