Condi Rice to Schiff: Time to finish Russia probe

Former national security adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday told the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee that is time for the panel to move on from its investigation into Russia's election interference.

“I know you got a really hard job and I appreciate what you’re doing for the country, but I really hope you can wrap it," Rice told Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP The real reason Nancy Pelosi has backed away from impeachment MORE (Calif.) in a joint appearance on ABC's "The View."

"The country needs to get back to business, so that’s my greatest hope is that this gets done," she added. 


Her remarks came after the California Democrat described how bipartisan relations on the panel have unraveled, a deterioration that took place in the public eye over the past year as the two sides feuded over the direction of the probe and how it relates to President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE's campaign.

Democrats in recent weeks called on House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment' Pence loses House office space Dem budget chair: Trump 2020 proposal 'cruel-hearted' MORE (R-Wis.) to remove Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesEx-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances Nunes warns of the 'straw police' in California Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority MORE (R-Calif.) over his controversial decision to release a classified memo that outlined allegations of surveillance abuse.  

While they eventually released their own point-by-point rebuttal last week, Democrats claimed last month that Nunes was trying to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE with the memo by suggesting the federal probe was tainted against Trump from the start. 

Mueller's investigation, which has netted multiple indictments and guilty pleas of former Trump staffers, shows no sign of winding down.

Schiff on Wednesday called on Nunes to issue subpoenas on Trump aides including campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiCNN's Chris Cuomo knocks 'state TV' Fox News T-Mobile says it increased Trump hotel spending after Sprint merger announcement The 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe MORE and outgoing White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksThe five Trump communications directors who have come and gone Hillicon Valley: Dems unleash sprawling Trump probe | Pelosi says Dems will offer net neutrality bill this week | Cyber espionage campaign linked to North Korea | Huawei exec sues Canada The 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe MORE to compel them to answer more questions. 

His calls, however, have so far gone unheeded by the Republicans who indicated that they are satisfied with the testimony they've already been provided.

The New York Times on Thursday reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that a Republican on the House Intelligence panel leaked text messages sent by Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLive video of New Zealand shooting puts tech on defensive The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing MORE (D-Va.) to Fox News.

Rice, after addressing Schiff, praised Mueller, who she said she worked with when she served in the Bush administration. 

"He is going to do this in a very fair way," Rice said, adding that she "has enormous respect for him."