Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes Cancels Public Hearing on Russian Federation
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 9:45
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has "volunteered" to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee about his dealings with Russian Federation, part of the committee's probe into that country's interference with the USA presidential election.
The letter comes the same day the House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes announced Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has also agreed to come talk to the committee. Schiff called the postponement a cancellation.
Nunes had said he'd canceled the public hearing so that Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers, could testify behind closed doors about topics they'd said Monday they could not answer in public.
"I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show the president elect and his team were at least monitored and disseminated out", Nunes said.
Nunes told the press in his announcement Friday that it is up to Manafort to decide whether or not his testimony will be in an open hearing. It seems that maybe President Trump is having too much influence on Mr. Nunes as chair.
Nunes said the intercepted messages included foreigners talking to foreigners and did not involve Russian Federation.
In the wake of Nunes' actions, Schiff called for an independent commission to take over the investigation into President Trump's wiretapping claims.
Democrats said Nunes may have revealed classified information with his comments to reporters but the congressman's spokesman said that he did not. "Hey, look, I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president and you're not".
"He (Nunes) said he'll have to get all the documents he requested from the IC (intelligence community) about this before he knows for sure".
It also may mean that Nunes is just trying to make House Democrats sweat, particularly Rep. Adam Schiff, who has been out front and center, ragging on Nunes all week for telling the President about Obama's super-secret surveillance plans before Nunes told the committee's Democrats.
Page, who the White House has said was only loosely connected to the Trump campaign, emphasized he was not a campaign insider.
The scheduled witnesses, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, were in office when the purported hacking and disinformation by Russian Federation to influence the election took place.
Between the two men, there were more than 50 questions they declined to answer during the almost six-hour-long hearing. It is unclear whether the communications directly involved a Trump associate, or whether they featured two foreign individuals discussing a Trump associate.
The Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee has nixed a public hearing on Russia's alleged involvement in the United States election.
Nunes said he was contacted by Manafort's lawyers.