Rep. Mike Conaway, the House’s new top Russia investigator, is telling lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee that they should expect to be in Washington more than usual as the beleaguered probe gets a reboot, panel members said after a closed-door meeting Wednesday. Committee Democrats welcomed Conaway’s remarks, describing the Texas Republican as a “straight-shooter” who was committed to a thorough, bipartisan investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, including the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign.
“Mike Conaway told us this morning, expect to be in D.C. a little more than you might’ve anticipated,” Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) told reporters, adding that Republicans and Democrats had agreed to a witness list “in the neighborhood of three or four dozen.” He and other committee members declined to say who would be interviewed.
“It’s going to be a time commitment,” Himes added.
Conaway took charge of the probe earlier this month after House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced he was temporarily stepping aside because of a House Ethics Committee investigation into whether he disclosed classified information. The Russia probe suffered a complete breakdown of bipartisanship under Nunes, who critics said seemed more interested in providing political cover for the White House than in conducting an objective assessment of Moscow’s meddling.