Trump Trying to Discredit Congressional Investigations, Schiff Says
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 10:23
In a form signed by Flynn on March 31, the former White House official listed speaking engagements to Russian entities, including the Kremlin-funded RT TV, Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Kaspersky Government Security Solutions Inc, a U.S. subsidiary of Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.
Nunes created a firestorm of controversy because he took the documents to the White House to "alert" Trump to the surveillance before sharing them with Schiff or any other committee members.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Sunday he is treating an immunity request from ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn with "healthy skepticism". Kelner said Flynn did not have the opportunity before stepping down to consult with the White House counsel's office and the U.S. Office of Government Ethics; part of the process for submitting the forms. Meanwhile, a House Intelligence Committee investigation into both Russia's apparent meddling in the 2016 election and Trump's surveillance claims has become deeply politicized, with the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., coming under scrutiny for his handling of the investigation.
He added: "I would tell people whenever they see the president use the word 'fake, ' that should set off alarm bells". Schiff, however, said he viewed Nunes' involvement as simply a way to cloak the White House's role.
As the congressman's freaky circuit was chewed over in Washington, it emerged that Jared Kushner, the president's aide and son-in-law, had met with an executive from a Russian bank that is on the US sanctions list; former national security adviser Michael Flynn sought immunity in exchange for his testimony on his Russian ties; and experts told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russian hacking and propaganda efforts are continuing, and have recently been directed at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen.
Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now knows who is responsible - and that person is not in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "And as far as I could tell, Congressman Nunes killed that". The retired general, who was forced to resign after only 24 days, is under scrutiny for his contacts with Russian officials in a wider investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.
"If these were produced either for or by the White House, then why all of the subterfuge?"
In an interview on ABC's "This Week", Republican Sen.
Flynn was forced to resign his post just weeks into the Trump administration after admitting he misrepresented his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to Vice President Mike Pence. John McCain said Nunes had "killed" the bipartisan cooperation needed for the House to have a successful investigation and pointed to the Senate intelligence committee as a hopeful example of a productive, bipartisan dynamic.
President Trump insisted that he had reason to believe his allegations were true, and several former intelligence officials spoke out in his defense.