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 SchiffFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers 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 TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE's campaign.

Democrats in recent weeks called on House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.) to remove Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald Nunes Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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. LewandowskiThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump ramps up attacks against Twitter Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report House panel releases long-awaited transcripts from Russia probe MORE and outgoing White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksCuomo turned down Trump invitation to participate in April press briefing: report Trump shakes up White House communications team Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges 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 WarnerTrump asserts his power over Republicans Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks 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."