Friday 6 December 2019

Democrats threaten more probe hearings

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Yara Nardi/Reuters
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Yara Nardi/Reuters

Kevin Freking

Democratic impeachment inquiry chairman Adam Schiff has refused to rule out more hearings in the probe into US President Donald Trump.

Mr Schiff said the House Intelligence Committee continued to investigate and wouldn't let the Trump administration stall the inquiry.

Mr Schiff's staff and others are compiling the panel's findings to submit to the House Judiciary Committee, which is expected to open its own hearings to consider articles of impeachment and a formal recommendation of charges. "The investigation isn't going to end," Mr Schiff warned.

Democrats argue that the president leveraged his office for personal political gain, but Republicans contend that the allegation is unsupported by firsthand testimony.

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Devin Nunes, the leading Republican on the committee, said public hearings over the past two weeks had drawn in many Americans who don't normally follow TV news.

He claimed the hearings had been "a total disaster" for Democrats and that people "realised this whole Russia thing was a hoax".

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