Democrats want to interview Ivanka Trump in Russian Federation probe

Democrats want to interview Ivanka Trump in Russian Federation probe

Schiff said the committee has interviewed a total of 56 witnesses, less than half of the number of people interviewed by the Senate intelligence committee.

Trump, speaking alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in May after he fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, reacted to the appointment of a special counsel by saying, "Well, I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

"We can't do a thorough and credible investigation unless we obtain these documents - unless we talk to these witnesses", Schiff said.

Trump put Schiff on blast during an interview with The Wall Street Journal in the Oval Office on Thursday morning.

During a sometimes tense briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders on Thursday accused Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank and Sen. Aides to Nunes and GOP Rep. Mike Conaway, who is running the Russian Federation probe, did not respond to requests for comment. CNN published stories about some of Trump Jr.'s comments while his interview was still being conducted.

"While Mr. Schiff tries to distract from the serious, bipartisan review that's been underway for almost a year, we will stay focused on following the facts and working to safeguard the upcoming election", said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

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Schiff blamed the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, for the fact that the committee has interviewed "less than half of the number of witnesses" as the Senate intelligence committee, which is also conducting a Russian Federation probe, maintaining that "the chairman has a different agenda", PBS News Hour reported. Plus, Schiff says there has been scant interest in probing efforts by the late GOP operative Peter Smith, who sought the hacked Hillary Clinton emails during the election year.

He said that Russia is laughing at the Russian probe, and that the probe is the biggest witch hunt in history.

President on Wednesday once again dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a "Democratic hoax", but host was standing by with a fact check.

In a conversation with reporters at the White House in December, Trump said he was going "to rebuild the FBI" after the controversy, which he described as "really, really disgraceful".

Schiff blamed House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif, who stepped aside from the probe for several months while the House Ethics Committee investigated whether Nunes had divulged classified information.

"What we saw with Watergate was the model of a committee where the ranking Republican set the tone by saying the key here is what did the president know and when did he know it? - and followed through with an investigation with integrity", he said.

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