Seth Meyers wants to get to the bottom of Devin Nunes' investigations
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 23:55
Nunes' decision to cancel Tuesday's hearing was the latest in a series of actions that Democrats contend demonstrate that his loyalty to Trump is greater than his commitment to leading an independent investigation.
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on March 20, 2017 about President's Trump wiretapping claims and Trump's presidential campaign links to Russian hackers.
At the centre, of course, is Trump, who has animated the story with his off-the-cuff tweets. The panel has no public hearings on its calendar, but Schiff told NPR on Tuesday that Republican and Democratic staffers are continuing to review documents and assemble lists of potential witnesses. "I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do", McCain said during an appearance on CBS This Morning.
Congressman Devin Nunes is refusing to step away from his position as chair of the House intelligence committee amid fresh allegations about the nature of his visit.
But, as Meyers noted that Trump could not avoid screaming about slights, and trying to divert attention to his favorite topic, Hillary Clinton, and why she's not under investigation (Hint: It's because she's not president, and has been cleared of all her investigations). He will continue to serve in the other roles even as he takes up the new duties, the White House said.
Nunes has been criticised for making a beeline to present his information to Trump rather than sharing it with the rest of his committee. She could have discussed the details about what the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Schiff said.
The chairman told Bloomberg News, "We don't have networked access to these kinds of reports in Congress", and the White House was simply the most convenient secure location that had a computer connected to the system that housed the reports.
The White House Counsel's office did not weigh in on the matter of Yates' testimony, a White House official said.
The chairman did not tell the top Democrat on the committee about the meeting at the White House complex. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that it would "apply the president's ahead-of-schedule-and-under-budget mentality" to the government.
The White House called the Post story "entirely false" and said the administration had not taken any steps to block Yates from testifying at the hearing at which other Obama administration officials were also scheduled to testify.
"I think the White House probably felt that didn't go well for them, but it's otherwise hard to understand why the cancelation", said Schiff.
Among those officials was Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who reportedly warned the White House in January that then national security adviser had been recorded conversing with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
"I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman", he said.
Quoting several sources, the site said that he had been travelling in an Uber on the evening in question when he received a communication on his phone.
President Trump is calling the investigations of his campaign's ties with Russian Federation a "hoax" - even though his national security adviser and his campaign chairman were fired over it.
Both the House and Senate, as well as criminal investigators, are looking into Russia's attempts to influence November's election. Nunes served on the Trump transition team.