Nunes 'diverting' from Russian Federation questions
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:55
Nunes told reporters on Tuesday morning the investigation was moving forward. But that hearing, and then another closed session which took its place, both were cancelled last week.
Jones said Nunes should "Absolutely" step aside from the position of committee chairman.
The embattled House committee is conducting one of three probes into the election campaign, its aftermath and potential contacts between Trump officials and Russians.
In her testimony slated for Tuesday, Yates was expected to offer a firsthand account of her discussions with the White House in January. Not only that, the Russians' knowledge about what Flynn had said left him open to blackmail, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned.
The White House Counsel's office did not weigh in on the matter of Yates' testimony, a White House official said. Later, in a briefing with reporters, he was given a chance to clarify more broadly - so executive privilege would not be an issue for Yates?
The White House on Tuesday also rejected allegations that it sought to prevent Yates from testifying the House committee's investigation.
Nunes' independence, however, has been called into question by Schiff and some other members of Congress following the last big cliffhanger in this melodrama. When asked why, he told Fox News that "I felt like I had a duty and obligation to tell (Trump), because, as you know, he's taking a lot of heat in the news media".
The disclosure came amid partisan acrimony over accusations that House Intelligence Committee chairman and Trump loyalist Devin Nunes is acting as a human shield, inappropriately sharing classified evidence with the White House - and thereby jeopardising his committee's investigation. He answered, "We will never reveal our sources and methods".
Besides the two congressional committees, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Schiff and a few key Republicans, including Arizona Sen.
Indeed, Nunes' odd behavior, his constantly shifting stories and his panicked management style make Trump look more guilty even if he really isn't.
Throughout all of this, House leadership has stood by Nunes. "They may not have taken a formal action, but we need to learn more about the way in which they indicated to Sally Yates, if they did at all, that they didn't want her to testify".
The chairman apologized to the rest of the committee and promised to share the information as soon as he received it, but the congressman has reportedly since said he will not share his sources with the rest of the committee.
Nunes' response then to whether he had compromised his role as an investigator if he was going to do White House messenger?
Nunes says he will not divulge - even to other members of his committee - who gave him intelligence reports that indicated Trump and his associates may have been ensnared in incidental intelligence collection.
The lawyer said Yates still meant to testify and would not disclose any classified information.
Back in January, our listeners will recall - lo, back in the early days of the administration, you had over at the Justice Department Sally Yates running things as acting attorney general. He says the White House has "no problem with her testifying, plain and simple".
Nor would he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting. In a statement Tuesday, he said: "The Washington Post story is entirely false". According to documents, the Department of Justice first tried to block her testimony by classifying her communications with the White House as privileged and confidential. After Trump became the nominee, he said that he supported his party's nominee without using his name.
Yates was eventually fired after she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court.
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Two prominent Republican senators who have been focused on the Russian Federation investigation spoke out about Nunes Tuesday. Rep. Nunes has turned into the best friend that Democrats could have, because every time he opens his mouth, he demonstrates why an independent investigation is required to investigate the Trump/Russia scandal.
The weird chain of events prompted Republican Sen. But Republican leaders in the House and Senate appear unenthusiastic about anything like that and Trump would not sign any legislation that created a nuisance for himself.