A congressional investigation into alleged Russian government meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election ground to a halt Tuesday over the contested actions of a committee chairman and an attempt by the Justice Department to limit the testimony of a key witness.
Top Democrats and congressional Republicans have called for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) to step aside over his visit last week to the White House to view unspecified intelligence documents and his decision to cancel a hearing.
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“Our investigation is stalled,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat and a member of the committee. “Everything now is stalled. We’re not even having our regularly scheduled meetings.”
The rupture is especially unusual in that the committee has a long tradition of bipartisan cooperation, given the gravity of overseeing the nation’s intelligence community.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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