Top intel Dem hints at dragging Trump before House Intelligence Committee
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 21:37
The White House's handling of intelligence reports on the Russian Federation investigation has been labeled unorthodox and, to the Democrats, suspicious. "When the White House contacted him this week, and asked him to complete the process, he did so", Kelner said, noting the second filing is the finalized version.
Trying to fend off the growing criticism, Trump's top lawyer invited lawmakers from both parties to view classified information at the White House.
Before answering a question, Rep. Adam B. Schiff pauses as if mentally reviewing what he can say.
Flynn filed the financial document Friday, the day the White House released scores of disclosures from Trump Administration officials.
Officially, the White House said Flynn was forced to resign because he'd give inaccurate descriptions of the discussions to Vice President Mike Pence and others in the White House.
"I would tell people, whenever they see the president use the word 'fake, ' it ought to set off alarm bells", Schiff told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union".
Flynn is reportedly seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for agreeing to testify about alleged links between the Kremlin and Trump's Presidential campaign. Indeed, the reports show that the agency ― charged with coordinating US military, intelligence and diplomatic efforts around the world ― had employees instead focusing on undoing political damage to Trump from his evidence-free tweet. He said officials "have no incentive to see intelligence reports they gather and distribute for national security purposes become fodder in domestic political disputes". He said the collections were not related to the Russian Federation investigation.
Nunes denied that the materials came from anyone affiliated with the White House, and said "those reports are mostly wrong". He said the objective was to make it "harder to bury" the information, to "share it with those on the Hill who could lawfully see the documents", and to make sure it could reside in an intelligence committee safe, "not just at Langley" - the CIA's headquarters.
A congressional aide said Schiff did not receive the White House letter until after Spicer announced it from the White House briefing room.
The White House has embraced a top Republican's assertion that information about Trump associates were improperly spread around the government in the final days of the Obama administration.
It was just weeks ago that the president opened up a can of worms with an explosive series of Saturday morning tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of personally having a hand in wiretapping Trump Tower.
Both Nunes and Spicer made statements when Nunes first claimed he had evidence supporting Trump that have since proven false. "The White House has yet to explain why senior White House staff apparently shared these materials with but one member of either committee, only for their contents to be briefed back to the White House".
Earlier this month, CIA leaders raised concerns with McMaster about an intelligence director on his staff. McMaster moved to replace him, but the staffer, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, appealed to Bannon and Kushner, who got Trump to intervene to save his job. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly by name. Trump team spied on before he was nominated'.