Rep. Pete King: Nunes Right to Share Report With Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 9:08
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' made the comments just days after he was criticised for personally briefing Donald Trump on developments in the investigation before he told Democrats on the committee about new information.
Republican Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters the follow-up testimony from Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and NSA chief Michael Rogers will take place Tuesday in a closed session.
Mr Nunes said a previously scheduled public hearing with former Obama administration officials would not take place on Tuesday as planned.
Manafort's lawyers are working out the details with the committee's lawyers, he said.
"I don't think that anyone should have any doubt about what is really going on here", Schiff said. Manafort, who was Trump's campaign chairman for several months past year, dismissed the report, the newspaper said. Later Friday morning, the committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he would prefer that the testimony be offered in open session. It seems that maybe President Trump is having too much influence on Mr. Nunes as chair.
Earlier this week, AP news agency reported that Mr Manafort had worked for a Russian billionaire to assist Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Carter Page, who advised President Donald Trump's campaign on foreign policy, and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, both told CNN Friday that they want to address allegations that they communicated with Russian officials before the committee.
Nunes apologized to his committee members Thursday, a day after he told the public and the President that communications of him and associates may have been collected by intelligence agencies before telling Democratic members of the committee.
Schiff said Wednesday that Nunes will need to decide whether he's running a truly independent inquiry or is a "White House surrogate". "It's hard for me to come to any other conclusion about why an agreed-upon hearing would be suddenly canceled". The cancellation "clearly had to do with the events of this week".
The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russian interference in the US presidential election deepened on Friday, when the committee's top Democrat suggested its Republican chairman canceled a public hearing after pressure from the White House.
In addition to blasting Nunes on Twitter, Schiff also reminded reporters about his continued disapproval of the chairman's decision to brief Trump on "incidental" surveillance findings.
"The credibility of that committee is hurt, for all members of the committee, Democrats and Republicans, because can they now have an independent investigation on these serious allegations of Russian Federation?" said Maryland Rep.