Comey to testify before Congress on Trump interactions June 8th
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 15:41
The committee's Republican chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, who had recused himself from the panel's Russian Federation probe, also approved subpoenas to the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency for information relating to the "unmasking" of the names of Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts. The committee is now investigating claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential elections in its favor.
Congress is now out of session.
The open hearing will begin at 10 a.m., and will be followed by a closed session at 1 p.m., Sen.
Schiff said on CNN Thursday of Nunes' new subpoenas: "I have to conclude this is part of the White House effort to direct attention in another direction" as the Russian Federation probe intensifies. Trump also mentioned potential recordings of said conversations and implied that the investigations may have played a role in his decision to oust the former FBI director (which could lead to further allegations of obstruction).
Trump said last month he was planning on firing Comey and was thinking of Russian Federation when he ultimately made his decision. The Guardian reported on Thursday that Nigel Farage, former leader of the right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party and British supporter of Trump, is also a "person of interest" in the FBI investigation.
Rozell said that Trump can claim the privilege, but it would likely be a losing argument. This forced Sessions to recuse himself from Russia-related investigations.
USA privacy laws and intelligence regulations require that Americans' names picked up in foreign communications intercepts be concealed unless senior officials request them to be disclosed for intelligence or law enforcement purposes.
The committee also approved subpoenas to the two men's firms, Flynn Intel Llc, and Michael D. Cohen and Associates PC, the committee statement said. "These subpoenas will get to the bottom of whether any illegal activity or any political shenanigans went on with sharing classified information", said Bossie.
Nunes's announcement came before that evidence was shared with the committee, outraging Democrats who accused him of working with the White House. "No hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America", Putin said at a meeting with senior editors of leading news agencies. Trump asked for his resignation less than a month after the administration took office amid a scandal prompted by Flynn's misleading of senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russia's USA envoy.