By Michael C. BenderThe Hill – Kellyanne Conway, former White House press secretary and Trump adviser, has become a leading advocate for bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the Trump-Russia investigations.
“I don’t think you can have a successful government when you have partisan battles,” Conway told The Hill in an interview on Friday.
“People can’t sit in a room and say, ‘Look, this is what we have to do.’
You have to have an open dialogue about how to fix the problem, not just fight about what’s going to be the next fight.”
The Republican-controlled House has already passed two bills that could potentially help shape the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The House Judiciary Committee has also voted to authorize a special counsel to look into whether the Trump team colluded with Russia to meddle in the election.
The two bills have been endorsed by President Donald Trump, who called the House legislation “the most bipartisan bill I’ve ever seen.”
“We’re going to have a special prosecutor to look at whether there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump camp,” Trump said during an interview with NBC News on Sunday.
He has repeatedly called for the appointment of a special investigator and the creation of a bipartisan panel to investigate Russian meddling.
Democrats have been wary of any new steps in the investigation.
“The real question is: Are we going to continue to push through the Russia collusion thing?
Or are we going on to get to the real investigation of who’s behind this, how did this happen, and what do we do to stop it?”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told reporters earlier this week.
“Are we going in the direction where you’re going into Russia to try and get Putin to do something that would hurt the president?
Or is it a place where we’re going in, as a bipartisan group, to look for real solutions, real solutions that will help people, not hurt people?”
Democrats have repeatedly criticized Republicans for not doing enough to stop the Russia investigation.
Last week, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) of Missouri accused Republicans of not doing anything to push back on Trump’s call to investigate the Russian meddling and Russia’s involvement in the elections.
McCaskill said that “we can’t continue to stand by and let the president dictate what’s needed to protect our republic.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, also said on Monday that the Trump White House is “the only thing standing between the public and real answers.”
“This is about trying to understand what happened and why it happened and then to move forward,” Schiff said.
“We have to get back to basics and get back on track.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees would be “doing everything in our power” to bring “a bipartisan solution to this problem” and that he expected a bipartisan investigation into Russia.
The Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee are both set to begin hearings into the matter.ABC News’ David Muir contributed to this report.