- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday that the House and Senate intelligence committees are the proper venues for looking into issues surrounding Russia’s attempted interference in last year’s election and said “we need to get answers” on the matter.

“We think we need to do an investigation here, with our intelligence committees,” Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said on NBC’s “Today” program. “It’s a bipartisan investigation. Both the House and the Senate intelligence committees are beginning their investigations right now.”

“We’ve had one for a while — we’re increasing the scope of that investigation,” he said.

“You’ve got to be mindful of the sources and methods of our intelligence community so you don’t compromise how we collect and gather intelligence while we get answers to these questions,” Mr. Ryan said.

“The point is we need to get answers. We need to make sure that nothing happened that shouldn’t have happened as we go forward,” he said.

Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Monday he’s seen no evidence that Trump campaign officials had any contact with Russian officials during last year’s campaign, which would contradict recent reports.

Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat and the ranking member on the committee, countered that it’s still too early in the investigation to know whether there’s been any collusion.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday that Democrats have put Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican and chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, “on notice” after The Washington Post reported last week that the White House enlisted Mr. Burr and Mr. Nunes to contest what they saw as inaccurate reporting on the subject.

Some Democrats are demanding a special prosecutor or independent commission to look into the issue and say Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from any investigation because of his close ties to Mr. Trump during the campaign.

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