White House resists Sally Yates from testifying about Trump-Russia links

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said a Washington Post article, which reported just that, was inaccurate. The next day, Nunes visited the White House again to brief Trump personally on the intercepts he saw, before briefing fellow panel members.

California representative Eric Swalwell, a member of the committee, has called on Mr Nunes to step down from chairing the investigation into whether Russian hackers had interfered with the presidential elections previous year.

As Gary Kasparov, the Russian dissident and former world chess champion, said in a tweet: "The house is on fire, Trump is running around with a box of matches, and the GOP demands to know who called the fire department".

"I'm sure the Democrats do want me to quit", Nunes later told Fox, "because they know that I'm quite effective at getting to the bottom of things".

Swalwell is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and spoke with CBS News.

Other Democrat members of the committee, including Mr Swalwell's fellow California representative Adam Schiff, have also called for Mr Nunes to recuse himself in light of the revelations.

Schiff took to Twitter to wonder aloud why the public hearing could not be scheduled again. "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". Democrats said the cancellations went further, including a regular meeting later in the week.

Yates, along with former CIA Director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, had agreed to testify publicly before the House intelligence committee.

"That's a very, very personal decision about what congressman Nunes thinks is best to do for him, his constituents and the good of the investigation", Christie told GMA.

Senate Democrats on the intelligence committee also question where Chairman Nunes got the reports. In fact, Nunes canceled all the committee's meetings for this week.

Nunes dismissed accusations he has been intentionally delaying his committee's investigation.

"Not only is this investigation sort of had a shadow cast on it, but the committee has been put into suspended animation", Himes said. "But our job is to do everything in our power to be responsible to go forward and be constructive and that's what we're doing".

The Senate committee also announced Monday it will hear testimony from Jared Kushner, a senior advisor and the son-in-law of Trump, about his meeting during the transition with the top executive of a Russian bank on which the US had slapped sanctions.

Schiff condemned the cancellation in a statement Tuesday morning and called for the hearing to be rescheduled promptly.

  • Joanne Flowers