GOP Rep Calls For Devin Nunes to Recuse Himself From Russia Probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 8:24
Nunes told reporters on Tuesday morning the investigation was moving forward. "I have not gotten answers yet".
Nunes also has the backing of Rep. Paul Ryan, the chamber's top Republican.
After the Post published the story, the White House issued the following statement: "The Washington Post story is entirely false". The missives were posted online and a person familiar with the situation confirmed them as authentic to The Associated Press.
The letter was sent on the same day that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes canceled a previously scheduled hearing that Yates was going to appear at. The lawyer wrote that if the White House did not respond by Monday, March 27, they would "conclude that the White House does not assert executive privilege over these matters".
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.
He has not named his source and did not indicate that it was from the White House itself.
The hearing would have been another public airing of the infighting within the committee.
Chairman Nunes, who worked on the Trump transition team, went to the White House last week to view reports he claims shows intelligence agencies collected incidental information on Trump transition personnel.
Democrats are up in arms over the way House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has handled its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, with several members demanding he recuse himself.
Schiff said Nunes' connections to the White House have raised insurmountable public doubts about whether the committee can credibly investigate the president's campaign associates. Such a statement, however tepid, does no favors for Rep. Nunes and only fans the flames on what's providing to be a heated week for the committee chairman.
Curbelo told the Hill an independent commission would give any congressional investigation "greater credibility and independence".
Graham said that he thinks Nunes "put his objectivity in question, at the very least". "There was no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee". "I've been around for quite a while and I never heard of any such thing", McCain said. "Until Mr. Comey comes in, it's a little tough for us to do depositions and interviews", Nunes said.
The development has increased partisan tension over the neutrality of the House panel's Russian Federation investigation amid concerns about Republican chairman Rep. Devin Nunes' independence from the White House. "He declined to come without a formal invite letter signed by the chairman and the ranking member".