US Democrats Eye Pulling Out of Russia Investigation as Doubts Mount
Democrats said they may withdraw from a panel investigating alleged Russian attempts to meddle in the US presidential election. They expect that the committee would work out a credible report.
Members of the Democratic Party warned that they may pull out their support for an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the New York Times reported.
"I’m not going to be part of a dog-and-pony show that is not a serious effort to do an investigation because this is really serious," Democrat Representative Jackie Speier told the newspaper.
According to her, "under certain circumstances," all nine Democrats involved in the investigation panel would immediately withdraw their support.
The article read that Democrats are wary of actions by the committee’s chairman Rep. Representative Devin Nunes who "undercuts the purported Russian connection." Moreover, Democrats are concerned about Nunes’ pledges to examine President Donald Trump’s allegations that his predecessor Barack Obama ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the electoral campaign.
Earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that Obama tapped his phones in Trump Tower in October during the "very sacred election process."
Trump did not provide any evidence to his accusations though.
According to Dem. Representative Jim Himes, Democrats may leave the committee "if the moment requires" but they are "certainly not there yet." He was echoed by party fellow Mike Quigley who said: "It’s a big jump to pull out of this investigation, no matter how bad it is."