Former house intelligence chair says Russia “wants us to implode”

President Donald Trump listens to questions from reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the FBI’s role in the Russia inquiry, during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The political gunfight involving the Trump administration, Democrats on Capitol Hill and the FBI continues in Washington.

The question as to whether the FBI and Justice Department abused their authority while investigating Russian interference in our election remains difficult to answer — due in large part to the politicized nature of the House Intelligence Committee.

Former house intelligence chairman, from 2011-2015, Mike Rogers, told Armstrong & Getty that during his tenure, members of the committee agreed they wouldn’t “put up with shenanigans” — the type of political grandstanding that’s become part of the daily conversation on the topic of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Rogers said the committee is now so partisan that investigations are really just political campaigns.

He also warned the Russians will continue to meddle in our elections, and their only concern is causing as much damage to our democracy as possible: “There is a country out there that would love us to implode.”

Listen to Armstrong & Getty’s full interview with Rogers below.

 

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