Nunes says Russian Federation probe will go on 'with or without' Dems

"There were upwards of 1,000 paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russian Federation, in effect, taking over series of computers, which is then called a botnet", Warner told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Some members of Congress are convinced now is the time for another full-scale inquiry over an issue they say has put America's national security at risk: Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

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The stalling on the House side shifts the spotlight to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which figures to take the lead in the congressional probe of Russian meddling.

Despite this barrage of news surrounding his relationship with the White House, Nunes says he will remain at the helm of the House Intelligence Committee.

The Washington Post reported that Yates told the Trump administration her testimony directly contradicted White House statements about the Flynn investigation.

"I know that we're all going to make a deal on health care".

President Donald Trump speaks at a reception for Senators and their spouses in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Washington.

David Bossie, a former deputy campaign manager for Trump, said he began activating and raising money for Make America Great only a few weeks ago. "We have no problem with her testifying".

Cohen-Watnick was recruited to the transition team by McMaster's predecessor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned as national security adviser last month after acknowledging that he had misled administration officials about a phone call he had with the Russian ambassador in December. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan were also scheduled to appear. IMMIGRATION A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extends an order blocking enforcement of Trump's revised ban on travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries. But that appearance has not taken place, and the chairman's office said the arrangements have not yet been worked out.

The White House repeatedly deflected questions Thursday about whether any Trump administration officials gave the House Intelligence Committee chairman information that led him to say Trump transition members were caught up in standard foreign surveillance. The move set off a firestorm within the panel, and exposed a rare rift between its leaders.

Asked whether Nunes should step aside and if he knew the source of the surveillance, Ryan said, "No and no".

Comey said he would not testify without a formal invite, a spokesman for Nunes told CNN. "I think that's something that he had made very clear, and I'll let him answer it", Spicer said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, continued to support Nunes.

Nunes' unusual decision to bypass his committee and go straight to the president last Wednesday - with documents that Trump later suggested somewhat vindicated his accusation that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower - fueled speculation that the White House had orchestrated the stunt to distract the press from Comey's revelation. "They would complain about his hair".

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "Chairman Nunes' discredited behavior has tarnished that office", and said Ryan should insist that Nunes "at least recuse himself" from the Russian Federation probe.

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee claims Russian propaganda outlets like RT and Sputnik produced and peddled disinformation to USA audiences in hopes of damaging Hillary Clinton. Democratic Rep. Jim Himes said members would only walk away if the chairman prevented them from witness interviews. In an interview with the "Today" show, Sen.

Mr Nunes, who has given no explanation for cancelling the hearing, was already facing calls to step down from leading his committee's inquiry.

  • Zachary Reyes