WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials may be nearing its end as the committee is not expected to hear from any more witnesses, according to a source that spoke with CNN.
CNN reported that Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) later today is expected to confirm that the committee has exhausted its witness list and is working on a report of the investigation. Conway took charge of the probe following the recusal of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Reports that the committee may be wrapping up the probe follow comments by Republicans who said the year-long investigation had just about run its course.
Democrats have said the committee should hear from more witnesses.
Last week the committee met behind closed doors for the second time with President Donald Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski had met with the committee in January but refused to answer questions about events that took place after he left the campaign.
High-profile witnesses have included former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The committee recently engaged in a contentious dispute over competing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memos.
The Republican memo prepared by aides to Nunes states that the FBI and DOJ made use of an anti-Trump dossier prepared by a security firm with ties to a law firm believed to be connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign to serve as legal justification for the surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The Democratic memo prepared by Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) states the FBI and DOJ acted in good faith. It downplayed the significance of the dossier and said the FBI had sufficient evidence to obtain the surveillance warrants.
The Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to continue hearing witnesses in the Russia probe.