Paul Ryan says Devin Nunes shouldn't recuse himself from Russian Federation investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 1:29
Nunes won't reveal sources to Intel Committee members First GOP lawmaker calls for Nunes to recuse himself MORE (Calif.) is upping the pressure on Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to move forward with the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election.
"The chairman and I have worked together well for several years and I take this step with the knowledge of the solemn responsibility we have on the Intelligence Committee to provide oversight on all intelligence matters", Schiff said in a statement on his request for Nunes to stand down.
Nunes infuriated Democrats last week when he told the press and the White House - before informing his Democratic colleagues on the panel - that he saw evidence that President Donald Trump's advisers may have been swept up in surveillance of other foreign nationals.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) abruptly canceled this week's House Intelligence Committee hearings on the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation hours after the former acting attorney general notified the White House she would discuss her concerns about Michael Flynn.
He later admitted he was handed the documents at a mystery meeting in the White House grounds with an unnamed source. It warns that there is a limit to what she could reveal in her testimony and that "she needs to consult with the White House".
Speier, however, said she believes Nunes got his information from a source affiliated with the White House. "You can't just walk in and receive classified information", Swalwell said of the White House, adding that when lawmakers visit the White House, "Everyone in the building knows that you're there in the building".
The House and Senate intelligence committees and the FBI are investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's associates' ties with the Kremlin. "Why would I not?" he said. "I look forward to it", Spicer told reporters during his daily briefing.
"The White House has taken no action to prevent Sally Yates from testifying and the Department of Justice specifically told her that it would not stop her and to suggest otherwise is completely irresponsible", the White House said.
Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes cancelled the hearing scheduled for Tuesday which would have included testimony from Yates.
After holding a press conference about his surveillance claims, Nunes briefed Trump, whose team is also under FBI investigation for alleged ties to Russian officials who may have interfered in the 2016 US election.
At an event in the White House, Trump declined to comment on whether Nunes should step back. We have had an investigation on Russian Federation for many many years.
CBS News has obtained a March 24th letter from the Justice Department to Sally Yates that says that DOJ lacks the authority to give Yates permission to testify before Congress about links between Russian officials and Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.
O'Neil's letter to the White House said Yates would still plan to testify if he did not hear from the White House by Monday morning that it was asserting executive privilege.