Republicans Prepare To End House Russia Probe In Weeks

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, who presided over a select committee to investigate Benghazi, accused Democrats of playing politics.

According to NBC News, senior Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have indicated their intent to wrap up their investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election, and it could happen within the next few weeks.

Democrats on the committee have said their requests for 30 additional witness interviews have been ignored, but Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) accused Democrats of wanting to prolong the investigation for political purposes. Gowdy also said it is the special counsel's probe that carry's weight, not the House committee.

“There is not a single soul with an open mind who is waiting on the House of Representatives’ Russia investigation to unlock the mysteries of the world for them,” Gowdy said. “There are people who’ve already made up their minds waiting to see whether or not their previously held conviction will be validated. But I think most people are waiting on Mueller. “

Not everyone see it this way. The committee's ranking Democrat believes Republicans are trying to skirt their original commitment to continue investigating regardless the conclusions:

“I’m increasingly concerned that pressure from outside the building from the president, from Steve Bannon and their allies to shut us down is having its effect,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “We have a lot of investigative work to do. If they do shut the [investigation] down it will represent a breach of the promise that the Republicans made to follow the facts wherever they lead.”