Partisan tensions flare after Kushner interview

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, reportedly swiped at Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) for what he said was protecting Kushner.

“Mr. Gowdy took the role as a second attorney for Mr. Kushner,” Schiff said, per a Bloomberg report.

.. Republicans complained that Democrats’ questioning of Kushner was frustratingly repetitive.

“To say that after three-plus hours of asking questions of which some started getting repeated, then you’re just sort of getting into — OK this guys’ been here long enough,” Rooney said, adding, “I don’t like wasting time.”

But Rooney said the committee has been largely harmonious — especially in closed door interviews without TV cameras or media. Lines of questioning don’t necessarily hew along partisan lines, he said.

“The Intelligence Committee has, I think, always sort of separated itself from other committees in that we’re not very partisan when we’re down there,” he said. “There’s no cameras on. There’s no speeches to be made because you guys aren’t in there and so there’s no grandstanding. People are trying to get to the bottom of what they truly believe might be, you know, an issue, here or there.”

.. Conaway and other committee Republicans said Tuesday they were pleased with Kushner’s testimony and found him candid and responsive. But Democrats raised the prospect that they might call Kushner back for more questioning.