The Democratic National Committee is using the Russia counterintelligence investigation to appeal for new political donations, even as the party's leaders in Congress have appealed for the probe to rise above partisanship so it can answer important national security questions about Vladimir Putin's efforts to influence last fall's U.S. election.
The party's latest fundraising appeal went out late Wednesday, linking to a CNN story on the Russia controversy and seeking between $10 and $200 in contributions.
The email appeal came from an address labeled "DNC Rapid Response" and the subject line read: "BREAKING: Coordinating with Russia to hurt Hillary's campaign?"
It included an image of a CNN story that suggested the FBI had circumstantial evidence that "indicates" associates of President Trump may have given implicit approval to Russia to release damaging information on Hillary Clinton last year.
"If you've saved your payment information, your donation will go through immediately," it read.
This fund-raising email went out Wednesday night from the DNC.
Potential donors who clicked on the links were taken to this page which asked them to donate to join the fight against Trump.
DNC officials did not immediately respond Thursday morning to a request for comment about the email.
The political fundraising appeal stands in stark contrast to statements from the top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees, who have repeatedly urged that the Russian counterintelligence probe by the FBI and Congress not be politicized.
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For instance, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence panel, told FBI Director James Comey at a hearing Monday that he'd like to see an independent panel probe the allegations to insulate the findings from politics.
"I believe that we would benefit from the work of an independent commission that can devote the staff and resources to this investigation that we do not have, and that can be completely removed from any political considerations," Schiff argued.
Schiff has been a key player in the Russia probe.
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Likewise, Sen, Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has repeatedly decried any effort to let politics hijack the probe.
“I will not accept any process that is undermined by political interference,” Warner said last month. "I am consulting with members of the Intelligence Committee to determine an appropriate course of action so we can ensure that the American people get the thorough, impartial investigation that they deserve, free from White House interference.”
Warner is the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence panel.