Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee are indicating their investigation into Russian election meddling is drawing to a close, but Democrats on the committee are voicing concern that the move is yet another effort to insulate the president from ongoing Congressional investigations.
Republicans say the panel has thoroughly examined Moscow’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and they are ready to conclude the probe. But alarmed Democratic colleagues say ending the investigation anytime soon would be premature.
“I think we are pretty much near the end of it,” Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) told The Hill on Monday.
King said he is unsure when the investigation will end officially, but he believes the committee has interviewed virtually every witness possible; however, Democrats were not so quick to agree.
“We're being shut off,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) said during a Monday appearance on “CNN Newsroom.”
“If I had to predict, in the next month they will shut down the House and Senate investigations and I would imagine they would cheer on the White House attempt to shut down Mueller,” he added.
The House Intelligence Committee has been plagued by partisan issues for some time, and the situation has grown more difficult in recent weeks.
“I went on television and called for an end to House Russia investigation, not because I don’t think that there is still more information that we can gather from witnesses, but because the investigation has just completely gone off the rails politically,” Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) said during an interview with The New York Times’s “The Daily” podcast.