Trump Officials Tried To Stop Sally Yates From Testifying On Russia Ties

"The American people should have had the benefit of an open hearing", Schiff said, noting the the initial public hearing brought Comey's acknowledgment that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign figures and Russian Federation.

A day later, Nunes held a press briefing to announce that Trump and some of his associates had been picked up in "incidental" surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted that White House officials were not aware of Nunes' secret trip to meet his source and referred all questions to Nunes' office. The former acting attorney general was sacked by Trump in January but had been deeply involved in the investigation of Michael Flynn before that.

House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated his support for Nunes, and Nunes himself said all of the controversy was standard for Washington.

"The evidence is now clear that the White House and Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have worked together to halt what was previously billed as a sweeping investigation of Russian interference in last year's election", Lizza wrote.

Rep. Devin Nunes, r-chairman, House Intel Cmte: "The investigation continues". On Tuesday, new reports cast further suspicion on Nunes' impartiality and prompted one Republican representative to call for Nunes to recuse himself. "Because someone asks?" he told reporters when asked about the calls that he recuse himself.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, questioned Nunes' motives in canceling the public hearing, which was to have taken testimony from former Obama administration officials. "You can't just walk in and receive classified information", Swalwell said of the White House, adding that when lawmakers visit the White House, "Everyone in the building knows that you're there in the building". However, he hasn't said where he got the information other than acknowledging he was briefed on the details at the White House. In the letter obtained by Fox News, O'Neil also argued that "any claim of privilege has been waived as a result of the multiple public comments of current senior White House officials describing the January 2017 communications".

Nunes acknowledged visiting the White House before making the announcement but has refused to say who he met with or who was source for his claims about the collection of incidental intelligence. "And he still keeps telling us that we're going to see this information but nobody has seen it", said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). We want more people to come forward, " Nunes said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Yates was scheduled to testify before the house intelligence committee along with the former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIAdirector John Brennan.

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