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Top Democrats Think James Comey is Withholding Information on Trump and Russian Federation

Top Democrats Think James Comey is Withholding Information on Trump and Russian Federation

"So far the bureau has not given us a full counter-intelligence briefing", Schiff said.

"I'm disappointed we didn't have that briefing today", he said.

The FBI is reportedly investigating contacts between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.

Nunes said the panel was looking not only at potential cyber activities against the United States and efforts to meddle in US elections, but also Russia's activities in elections around the world.

Democrats have called for an independent investigation following reports that Nunes and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr reached out to reporters regarding Russian Federation on behalf of the White House. "That can not persist. If we're going to do our job, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is going to have to fully cooperate with us".

"There were very large areas that were walled off, and those walls are going to have to come down if we are going to do our job", Schiff said.

Schiff called the investigation a national security necessity and said the committee must leave no stone unturned in order to protect the country and meet the expectations of the American people.


Schiff's Republican counterparts, of course, are arguing that there's no concrete evidence of collaboration between Trump's administration and the Russians.

"We're going to need the FBI to fully cooperate, to be willing to tell us the length and breadth of any counterintelligence investigations they're conducting".

In January, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report concluding Russian Federation had intervened in the election to help Trump win.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffTop Intel Dem: FBI director holding back Russia info Cummings says Sessions should step down over conversations with Russian ambassador House Intel Committee lays out goals for Russia investigation MORE (D-Calif.) says FBI Director James Comey is holding back information about his bureau's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The committee also said it was probing the US government's response to the Russian activities and possible leaks of classified information related to the intelligence committee's assessments of the matter.

But Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence, has questioned the need for a special prosecutor, saying he's not interested in a congressional "witch hunt".

"The director declined to answer those questions".