Condi Rice to Schiff: Time to 'Wrap Up' Russia Probe, We Must 'Get Back to Business'
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a blunt message to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) when both appeared on "The View" Thursday.
Rice expressed the hope that the House Intelligence Committee will soon conclude its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
"I appreciate what you're doing for the country — but I really hope you can wrap it up," @CondoleezzaRice tells @RepAdamSchiff her hopes for the Russia probe: "The country needs to get back to business, so... my greatest hope is that this gets done." https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/WSb4KZkAqJ
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"I appreciate what you're doing for the country, but I really hope you can wrap it up. The country needs to get back to business, so that's my greatest hope is that this gets done," she told Schiff.
The audience at the live ABC show mostly applauded her comment. Rice, who also served as national security adviser under President George W. Bush, went on to express her "enormous respect" for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said he will conduct a "fair" investigation.
Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, has been outspoken in his suspicion that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia on the meddling.
On "Fox & Friends" on Friday, Rice said the Kremlin has tried for decades to "stir up trouble" in U.S. elections by targeting "disaffected Americans," but their capabilities are far greater now due to the internet and social media.
"Everybody wants to know what happened. But ... the intel committees also need to focus on what the Russians did and how they did it because the first time, shame on them but the next time, shame on us. ... I think there is too little attention to what they actually did and how we're going to deal with it," she said, calling on the U.S. to punish Vladimir Putin and his inner circle without going after ordinary Russians.
Watch the clips above.