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 SchiffTrump's increasingly questionable pardons should make Congress act DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat Judiciary Democrat: 'Most of us have been led to the position that an impeachment inquiry is warranted' 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. 

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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 TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE's campaign.

Democrats in recent weeks called on House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) to remove Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRoger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Schiff says DOJ hasn't complied with subpoena for Mueller report 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment 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. LewandowskiClinton lawyer: Mueller's failure to draw conclusion on obstruction a 'massive dereliction' of duty Mueller's facts vs Trump's spin The time has come for the Democrats to act, finally MORE and outgoing White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Trump defends denying McGahn's testimony House Democrats press leaders to start Trump impeachment 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 WarnerSenate passes bill to undo tax increase on Gold Star military families Dem senator introduces bill requiring campaigns to report foreign contacts Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon 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."