Jarmes R. Clapper

Intelligence panel leaders try to avoid partisan rifts that sank other congressional inquiries

Intelligence panel leaders try to avoid partisan rifts that sank other congressional inquiries

As Congress moved hesitantly in the last few months toward investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, a question has loomed: Could lawmakers bridge their deep partisan divide sufficiently to produce an inquiry a broad range of Americans would accept?

In the House, the answer is largely in the hands of a pair of soft-spoken Californians: the chairman and ranking minority member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, a Republican former dairy farmer from Tulare, and Adam B. Schiff, a Democratic former federal prosecutor from Burbank.

On Monday, the spotlight turned on them. The two have worked side by side on the committee for...

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