White House denies trying to silence evidence of Russian Federation ties
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 5:04
"I don't know how to do it credibly under the circumstances". The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, scrapped the hearing late last week.
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said that White House meddling is not helping to "remove the cloud that increasingly is getting darker over the administration".
Schiff said he only wanted Comey to testify if it was not behind closed doors. USA intelligence agencies supposedly collected incidental surveillance of conversations between Trump campaign officials and foreign individuals who were legally being monitored.
If so, Schiff said, he wants to know: "Why weren't they presented in a more transparent way to the committee?"
Spicer's comments come as the leaders of the House intelligence committee are trying to get their Russian Federation investigation back on the rails, according to Schiff.
Nunes would not name the source of the information, nor would he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting.
That public hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, would have also included testimony from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan. "We're in the process of exchanging witness lists and are going to see if by the end of the day we can agree on at least a common set of initial witnesses". "The investigation continues", he told CNN, NBC and other media outlets, reported Reuters.
According to the letters, the Justice Department notified Yates this month that the administration considers her possible testimony - including on the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn for his contacts with the Russian ambassador - to be off-limits in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by attorney-client privilege or the presidential communication privilege.
After reviewing the information last week, Nunes called a news conference to announce that USA spy agencies may have inadvertently captured Trump and his associates in the routine targeting of foreigners' communications.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the leading Democrat on the House intelligence committee, plans to meet with his counterpart Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Thursday.
"Here is the challenge we face", Schiff told Blitzer. Nunes himself said that no one directed him to postpone the hearing. He mocked the House committee's investigation under Nunes, saying it had become an "Inspector Clouseau investigation", and he further asserted that Nunes had lost the credibility required to conduct a serious investigation.
"This is one of the biggest investigations the Hill has seen in my tenure here", said Burr, who has served in Congress since 1994. He added, "At the end of the day here, we're going to get to the truth and we're going to find out who's actually doing a real investigation".
CBS News obtained a letter from the Trump Justice Department to Yates' attorney warning that there was a limit to what she could reveal in her testimony and that "she needs to consult with the White House". On Monday, it announced that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has agreed to be interviewed.