Nunes won't reveal sources to Intel Committee members
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:28
The calls for Nunes to step aside come after his admission to a secret trip to the White House grounds to meet with a source and sharing information with the press and the president, but not the members of his own committee now investigating Russian election hacking and possible ties to President Trump's team. Pressed about concerns from Democrats, he added, "That sounds like their problem".
Last week, Nunes said he would not publicly reveal his sources.
After reviewing the information last week, Nunes called a news conference to announce that USA spy agencies may have inadvertently captured Trump and his associates in routine targeting of foreigners' communications.
Nunes confirmed Monday that he met with the source at the White House complex, but he denied coordinating with the president's aides.
Those calls came after Nunes on Monday confirmed to CNN that he visited White House grounds to meet with a secret source a day before he alleged that communications of members of President Donald Trump's transition were incidentally picked up by USA intelligence.
Some Republicans have criticized Nunes, including Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who said on NBC Tuesday that Nunes's trip to the White House was "a little bizarre" and that "he has to fix the damage".
Nunez also said that he had formally invited FBI Director James Comey to testify before House members.
Meanwhile, the next story arc is expected to get underway later this week when the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee step into the center ring.
The White House says reports it tried to keep Sally Yates from testifying on ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are "100% false". He said the committee was trying to schedule a new time for the meeting. Michael Rogers of the National Security Agency.
Nunes has canceled the panel's entire schedule this week. So, we'll continue to be on it, " Nunes said.
Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said last week that Nunes "put a cloud over his own investigation".
"The chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of USA citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped", said Nunes spokesman Jack Langer. John McCain, want a special process to investigate Russia's election meddling, either a select committee within the Congress or something like the 9/11 Commission that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, charged on Tuesday that the White House had interfered behind the scenes to stop Yates from appearing.