"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.
And in a odd attempt to somehow prove he is independent of Russian Federation and President Putin, Trump told reporters, "I am for massive oil and gas and everything else.Putin can't love that". With Trump's encouragement as he nears a year in office, multiple GOP-led congressional committees are now investigating the FBI and whether the bureau conspired against the president during the campaign.
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.More news: Chelsea's £1bn stadium plan could be derailed by family dispute
He later apologised for his statements, but the White House refused to accept it, calling his comments "repugnant" and "grotesque".
"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. Grassley and Feinstein also pledged last spring to work together on the Judiciary committee's probe.
Papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, now leading the Justice Department's inquiry into Russia's interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. "But part of the reason why this investigation has taken longer than it should is because the majority has sat on our requests for witnesses for months and months and months".More news: Hexavest Inc. Sells 5880 Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA)
Besides Bannon, he said those witnesses would include Trump's daughter Ivanka.
Among the major topics still of interest to Schiff: the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives that occurred after Trump Jr. was told he would get dirt on the Clinton campaign and that the Russian government wanted to see his father win the presidency. He declined to say whom these individuals were when asked. "There are witnesses who have knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting and what it was about who have not been brought to our committee - and need to". He also said he would like Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to appear again before the committee.
"At the end of the day, we will have done the country a disservice if we conclude the investigation without doing a thorough job, and if we are willing to make an incomplete report to the American people, or worse, one that's inaccurate, and later have to explain when information comes to the surface why we didn't care enough to pursue it", said Schiff, a former federal prosecutor.More news: Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) Earns News Impact Rating of 0.12
It "would be valuable to have [Ivanka] come and testify before the committee", he added, according to Politico.