Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) expressed his strong support for the "Scope of Investigation" inquiry released yesterday by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence into Russia's interference in the USA election, which will include potential contacts between Trump allies and Moscow as well as US intelligence leaks.
Schiff said Comey avoided "repeated questions about the scope of any investigation they were doing" and 'individuals that may be the subject of any counterterrorism investigation'.
But it seems the chair of the committee, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, isn't in complete agreement with Schiff.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's investigation will look into - among other things - whether Russian Federation had links to any political campaigns. "On a bipartisan basis, we will fully investigate all the evidence we collect and follow that evidence wherever it leads", said Mr. Nunes, California Republican and a former member of the executive committee that led President Trump's transition team.
US intelligence analysts have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump win the White House in November by discrediting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her party through cyber attacks. Schiff said the information the Federal Bureau of Investigation has provided the committee is a "small fraction" of what the Federal Bureau of Investigation has uncovered.
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As for Nunes, he said, "I have no idea" if Sessions should recuse himself "because we have no idea what he did or didn't do". "To be able to tell us the length and breadth of any counterintelligence investigations they're conducting".
The committee, like the FBI, is investigating allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign past year.
"We gotta be very careful here", Nunes said.
Democrats and some senior Republicans are calling on Sessions to recuse himself from any Russian Federation investigation he oversees. The next step is for the American people to turn on the power of our elected officials to start an independent and transparent investigation of just how close the Trump campaign was or was not to Moscow. "So I'm going to meet with the FBI director today, and I'm going to look him in the eye, and he's going to tell me there's an investigation or there's not, and if he doesn't tell me, he's going to have a hard time". "It's too early. Special counsel only applies to a criminal investigation", Gowdy said, adding that the FBI investigates crimes, not Congress.