Top House Intel Dem pledges to move forward with Russia investigation

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffKey House committee obtains subpoenaed Trump financial documents from two banks: report Judge delivers second blow to Trump over financial records Schiff goes after Barr: He lacks Giuliani's 'good looks and general likability' 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 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, 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 ConawayOn The Money: House chairman issues subpoenas for Trump's tax returns | Trump touts trade talks as China, US fail to reach deal | Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China | GOP offers support for Trump on tariffs GOP offers support for Trump on China tariffs On The Money: New tariffs on China pose major risk for Trump | Senators sound alarm over looming budget battles | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders team up against payday lenders 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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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.