Schiff pointed to the fact that the committee has not yet received any documents, called any witnesses, or even released the final agreement about the scope of its investigation. Schiff said he expects that framework to be announced later on Monday.“When you begin an investigation, you don’t begin by stating what you believe to be the conclusion,” Schiff told reporters.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters he was “very disappointed” in Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) acknowledgment that he called reporters to knock down allegations about multiple contacts between Trump emissaries and Russia. Burr’s conduct “certainly gives the appearance, if not the reality, of a lack of impartiality” in his committee’s bipartisan probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Schumer added.
The most important element of a successful congressional investigation is a Chairman and members actually committed to conducting a politically-independent process. . . . That degree of independence seems far less likely where the Chairman was willing to act at the direction of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to privately help counter an alarming New York Times story reporting repeated contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence during the elections.