Top House Intel Dem pledges to move forward with Russia investigation

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Trump asked Ukraine president to investigate Biden's son eight times in one phone call: reports Lawmakers say Zuckerberg has agreed to 'cooperate' with antitrust probe MORE (D-Calif.) pledged on Thursday that Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee would continue to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after the panel's Republican members abruptly wrapped up the probe this week.

Schiff said in an interview on CNN's "New Day" that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE, who is conducting the law enforcement investigation into Russian meddling, is not responsible for publicly explaining Moscow's election interference. That duty, Schiff said, falls on Congress.

"We can't simply rely on Bob Mueller, because his job is different than ours," Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, said. "His job is to determine who broke the law and who should be prosecuted and who should go to jail."


"It's not his job to tell the country what happened. And outside of an indictment, he may not be able to speak," Schiff added. "That's what the Congress is supposed to do. So there's no substitute for Congress doing its job."

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Monday concluded their investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to help influence the race.

Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback MORE (R-Texas), the Republican leading the investigation, said that the panel agreed with the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia meddled in the election, but ultimately disagreed with the conclusion that Moscow favored President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE in the race.

Democrats on the committee blasted the GOP decision to end the probe, accusing Republicans of trying to protect Trump from possible scrutiny.