Rep: House Intel Chair Must ‘Be Willing To Use Subpoena Power’ In Russia Probe

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), speaks with reporters about the committee's investigation into Russia's involvement in the recent U.S. presidential election, on Captiol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that the committee’s chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) will “have to be willing to use subpoena power” in the panel’s investigation into Russian election-related hacking.

“He’s going to have to be willing to use subpoena power, because there will be people we need to bring in before the committee who may not be willing witnesses,” Schiff said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

He said that the House Intelligence Committee will “need the power of compulsion” to investigate Russian election-related hacking “credibly.”

“Right now we’re the only game in town, we and the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Schiff said. “We’re going to have to do that.”

Schiff said that he did not want to “prejudge” the committee’s conclusions as to whether there is any basis for allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“I would characterize it this way, at the outset of the investigation. There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception,” he said. “And that’s where we begin the investigation.”

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