Top House Intel Dem pledges to move forward with Russia investigation

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffAll eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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."

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"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 ConawayEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm If Congress can't work together to address child hunger we're doomed Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm 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 TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day 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.