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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 HimesDem rep: Trump 'doesn't understand how the government works' Dem leadership hopefuls dole out millions in campaign cash How the Trump tax law passed: Bipartisanship wasn't an ingredient 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 NunesOvernight Energy: Trump, California leaders clash over fires | Trump says oil prices should be 'much lower' | Zinke criticizes media coverage | Officials consider new truck pollution rule Trump, California battle over climate and cause of fires Nunes defeats Dem challenger in California House race MORE (R-Calif.), who solely holds the power to subpoena witnesses, refused to seek dozens of interviews and records that the minority repeatedly requested.

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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 ClintonOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February What midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 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. 

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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffIncoming N.J. Dem lawmaker says she won't vote for Pelosi as Speaker Whitaker saying he won’t cut Mueller funding: report Incoming Intelligence chair wants to release interviews to aid Mueller probe 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.