Paul Manafort Volunteers To Testify Before House Intelligence Committee, Lawmaker Says
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 4:55
Separately, the former chairman of Trump's presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, has volunteered to speak with the House Intelligence Committee.
Two former advisers to President Donald Trump said Friday that they're willing to speak to the House Intelligence Committee about their role in Trump's campaign for the committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
Mr Manafort, who was working as a political consultant for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine at the time, pitched a wide-ranging political influence campaign to aluminium magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Manafort is facing accusations that he secretly worked to advance Russian interests for years before he joined Trump's presidential campaign in April.
Though supporters of the president have trumpeted Nunes' findings as vindication for Trump's tweeted allegations that President Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower, Nunes told reporters Friday "that didn't happen".
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mr Nunes said that he had invited Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and National Security Agency (NSA) chief Adm Mike Rogers to provide further testimony at a closed intelligence committee session.
The congressman said he continues to find evidence of unmasking that is unrelated to the actual intelligence being collected.
When asked whether the committee would seek to compel testimony from former Trump associate Roger Stone, Nunes said he wasn't going to call others before the panel based on their appearances in news reports.
SCHIFF: I think in an effort to further justify the unjustifiable, he is now interfering in this investigation. As for whether Nunes should recuse himself from the probe, the Connecticut Democrat said that was a decision for House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Nunes apologized to Democrats on Thursday during a committee meeting for excluding them from the revelations he announced one day prior, according to reports.
Nunes came under fire Wednesday for briefing Trump and holding a press conference in which he announced that he had seen evidence suggesting the Trump transition team had been subjected to electronic surveillance.
Himes said Nunes and fellow GOP lawmakers don't want any more information about those issues released in a public forum. "I can tell you from my experience, that kind of stuff was hard to get", he said.
"The committee has seats and additional information from Monday's hearing that can only be addressed in closed session", Nunes said.
Minority leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, expressed concern about Mr Nunes, who was a member of Mr Trump's transition, admitting to feeling a "duty and obligation" to someone he is supposed to be investigating.