Holder rips House Intel Republicans for ending probe: 'Politics beat a desire for the truth'

Holder rips House Intel Republicans for ending probe: 'Politics beat a desire for the truth'
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderBiden under pressure to pick new breed of federal prosecutors Obama says Senate will vote again on voting rights Obama: Voting rights bill must pass before next election MORE criticized Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for deciding to end the panel’s probe into Russian election interference, declaring that “politics beat a desire for the truth.”

“Republican House [Intelligence Committee] shut down Russia probe before doing a complete job,” Holder tweeted Monday. 

"This is a coverup and a lasting stain on the reputation of what used to be a bipartisan Committee when it was run by Republican Rogers and Democrat Ruppersberger. Politics beat a desire for the truth."

Holder was referring to Rep. Dutch RuppersbergerCharles (Dutch) Albert RuppersbergerHouse lawmakers roll out bill to invest 0 million in state and local cybersecurity House approves cyber funds in relief package as officials press for more Maryland lawmakers ask Biden to honor Capital Gazette shooting victims with Presidential Medal of Freedom MORE (D-Md.) and former Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersThe US has a Nord Stream 2 agreement, but still lacks direction on Russia Overnight Defense: Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld dies at 88 | Trump calls on Milley to resign | House subpanel advances Pentagon spending bill Pentagon punches back against GOP culture wars MORE (R-Mich.), who led the House Intelligence Committee during the Obama administration. Rogers is now the director of the National Security Agency.


The pair were known for running the committee in a bipartisan fashion.

Political infighting has plagued the current leadership of the Intelligence panel.

GOP and Democratic lawmakers found themselves in a fierce PR battle over a pair of memos on whether the Department of Justice had abused a surveillance program against a Trump campaign aide.


The GOP memo claimed that that evidence showed that the program was abused and that the Justice Department was biased against Trump, while the Democratic memo refuted those allegations.

Chairman 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.) also recused himself from the probe after the House Ethics Committee began investigating whether he disclosed classified information during the process.

Republicans on the committee announced earlier Monday that they were concluding their yearlong probe into Russian election interference.

GOP lawmakers are now finalizing their report on the results of the investigation, which they say will find that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, slammed Republicans for concluding the probe in a fiery statement.

"By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the Majority has placed the interests of protecting the President over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly," Schiff said.

"If the Russians do have leverage over the President of the United States, the Majority has simply decided it would rather not know."