Top House Intel Dem pledges to move forward with Russia investigation

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffNewsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat Here's who could fill Kamala Harris's Senate seat if she becomes VP Democrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling 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) 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, 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 ConawayLive coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing Laughter erupts at hearing after Democrat fires back: Trump 'has 5 Pinocchios on a daily basis' Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption 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 TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary 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.