On Sunday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's more than 300-page report about his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.
Open warfare erupted Thursday on the House intelligence committee as the panel's Republicans - including three Texans - demanded the resignation of Rep. Adam Schiff as chairman, accusing him of peddling falsehoods about President Donald Trump and collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
Barr also said that while Mueller had not made a determination on whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice during the almost two-year investigation, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had concluded that the evidence was insufficient to establish that Mr. Trump had committed obstruction.
"Wolf, I think we need to let Attorney General [William] Barr go through the Mueller report to ensure that we don't release any material that's prohibited by law", Cotton said.
All nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have called for the committee's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), to step down.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushes ahead with their oversight of the Trump administration at a hearing to examine to examine "Putin's Playbook", how the Russian government works to undermine its adversaries, especially the USA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019. "I think it's immoral, I think it's unethical, I think it's unpatriotic, and yes, I think it's corrupt".
Representative Mike Conaway told Schiff that he and his Republican colleagues "have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your constitutional responsibility".
"I would like to see them I think there's a bigger problem with releasing grand jury information which would be a violation of the law". Mueller was well aware of this meeting, and still found "no evidence" supporting a charge of collusion. All of those numbers are lower than the 100 percent of House members who voted two weeks ago for a nonbinding resolution calling on Barr to release the report. He also said, "We will continue to investigate the counterintelligence issues".
Pelosi rallied to Schiff's defence.
"What is the president afraid of, Is he afraid of the truth?" she said.
Adam Schiff promised the existence of "damning evidence", and a scandal "beyond Watergate".
Mr. Schiff reacted angrily as he convened a hearing with four expert witnesses on Russian influence operations and the actions of oligarchs to aid President Vladimir Putin. The probe took more than two years, starting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the midst of the campaign, and included wiretaps on a Trump campaign adviser. Russian Federation denied election interference.