Ivanka Trump to serve as unpaid employee in White House
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 18:47
As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes, a California Republican, is a principal sleuth in the paramount inquiry into whether members of the Trump campaign were in cahoots with Russian Federation, and from all appearances, he either doesn't want to know the answer or has determined it already - in President Trump's favor. Still, it remains to be seen how the investigation will proceed. "The committee asked her to testify on our own accord and we still intend to have her speak to us", Langer said.
Nunes argues he had to review classified, executive branch documents from a secure facility at the White House because the reports had not been provided to Congress and could not be transported to the secure facilities used by the House intelligence committee. The Senate panel is holding its first public hearing on Thursday. Burr's been in the Senate since 2005, and served in the House since 1995.
Trump tweeted on Monday that instead of probing his associates, the committee should be investigating his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton's ties to the Kremlin. Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, addressed reporters ahead of their panel's first hearing on Russian Federation.
Mr Nunes has insisted the revelations about the surveillance had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation and he believes they were legal - but he was still "alarmed" by the discovery. "No one on the committee was invited to these hearings", Schiff said.
Sen. Ron Wyden of OR made his request in a letter Wednesday to the committee's Republican chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), echoed his colleague is stressing the importance of learning if a foreign country has an influence on last year's election. "We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the president", a spokesperson said in an email to the Times.
In addition to the cancellation of Tuesday's hearing, the scrutiny of Nunes centers on his decision last week to go public with information from what he has described as an intelligence community source describing incidental surveillance on Trump campaign operatives during the election. Nunes' prior role in Trump's transition team has added to concerns that he can't conduct an impartial investigation.
There were already concerns she was attending a number of top level meetings with her father despite not being an official part of the White House staff.
Critics say his disclosure was an effort to justify Trump's accusations that former president Barack Obama had tapped Trump Tower during the campaign in 2016.