White House Looks Forward to Fired Acting AG Testimony
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 19:53
Nunes is leading the House panel's investigation into whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 election, and by extension, any possible collusion with the Trump team during that time.
Nunes defended himself in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Monday, arguing that his visit to the White House grounds on March 21 was commonplace and part of an investigation into the unmasking of Americans in intelligence reports that began before Trump's wiretapping claims.
Nunes, who was a member of Trump's transition team, made a show of going to the White House to brief staffers on his findings, then spoke to reporters there.
Trump has used Nunes' revelations to defend his unproven claim that Barack Obama tapped phones at Trump Tower.
Questions over Nunes' independence have split the usually non-partisan Intelligence Committee as Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to damage the investigation.
Yet another controversy swirling around the Nunes committee investigation emerged just today.
Nunes' duplicity - pretending to investigate Trump while working back channels to provide cover for the president - has destroyed what little credibility the House Intelligence Committee had left.
The embattled House committee is conducting one of three probes into the election campaign, its aftermath and potential contacts between Trump officials and Russians.
Nunes has canceled the panel's entire schedule this week.
"I think you put his objectivity in question, at the very least", the senator from SC said.
Nunes' committee is now investigating reports that Moscow attempted to sway the election in Trump's favor, as well as allegations that members of Trump's campaign may have conspired with the Kremlin to that end.
And before the hearing was officially nixed by Rep. Nunes, Yates received multiple letters from the Justice Department and the White House Counsel's Office informing her that certain bits of testimony containing privileged White House communications could be barred from a public hearing. Yates alerted the White House in January that Flynn had misled the White House about whether he had discussed sanctions in a December phone call with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
The chairman did not tell the top Democrat on the committee about the meeting at the White House complex.
Spicer went on to explain executive privilege was not invoked by the President to prevent Yates from testifying or to keep any of her knowledge away from the public. The committee leaders said that they are happy that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have agreed to testify, but they have not yet decided when they will bring them in.
Ivanka Trump is officially a White House employee. Both Nunes and Spicer denied that the White House had any influence on the decision to cancel.