Nunes: Manafort Agreed To House Intel Committee Interview On Russia Ties
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 17:48
The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has volunteered to speak with the panel as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.
The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, on Friday announced the prospect of an interview with Paul Manafort, and Nunes cancelled a previously scheduled public hearing in which former Obama administration officials had agreed to testify about the Russian Federation investigation.
It is not clear if Manafort's interview with the committee will be conducted in public, although Schiff said it should be. But the Russia investigation has become a political firestorm surrounding questions of whether Trump's associates colluded with the Russians to help the GOP candidate during the election campaign, and it risks ripping the committee apart.
Nunes cautioned that he does not expect to receive documentation from the NSA regarding his claims that Trump campaign associates were possibly monitored by the Intelligence Community on Friday.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.
At a brief press briefing on Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep.
However Mr Nunes said on 22 March that in the course of reviewing intelligence documents he found that Mr Trump and his campaign team were subject to "incidental" intelligence collection, which "alarmed" him.
"I think that there must have been a very strong pushback from the White House about the nature of Monday's hearing", Schiff said. But it's necessary to get both of them back down here before we can move on to other interviews.
In dueling news conferences Friday morning, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the committee had postponed its next open hearing for what amounted to logistical reasons - while ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that hearing had been canceled over Democratic objections.
In February, Manafort said he was never involved with "anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration".
Shortly after Nunes' press conference ended, Schiff tweeted that Nunes just canceled an open Intelligence Committee hearing with intelligence officials in an "attempt to choke off public info".
A furious Schiff said in a statement that "a credible investigation cannot be conducted this way". This morning, Nunes made this announcement about Paul Manafort, who managed Trump's campaign last summer and who's previously worked for figures linked to Russian Federation.
Mr Nunes also contradicted Mr Trump's claim that Barack Obama had wiretapped him before the United States elections. "It's hard for me to come to any other conclusion about why an agreed-upon hearing would be suddenly canceled".
On Monday, Mr Comey told an open hearing that the FBI was investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, and said he saw no evidence that Mr Trump had been wiretapped by the Obama administration.
NUNES: You can ask me every single name that exists on the planet, and I'm still not going to tell you who our sources are.