Schiff says he will meet with Nunes on Thursday

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes is responsible for looking into the Trump team's alleged ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

"I believe that the Chairman should recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russian Federation investigation, as well as any involvement in oversight of matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition, as he was also a key member of the transition team", Schiff said.

Schiff of California called on Monday for Nunes to recuse himself from "any investigation" into Trump's campaign and transition team.

Nunes has acknowledged reviewing information on the White House grounds a day before he told reporters that Trump and his associates may have been caught up in "incidental" federal monitoring of foreign targets.

Democrats on Monday began to call for Nunes - chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - to recuse himself from the probe.


Nunes has declined to name the source of the information, nor will he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting. He highlighted numerous incidents in the past month in which there was coordination between the White House and Nunes, including on the issue of incidental collection of communications.

KELLY: What Schiff is suggesting is that pressure from the White House might have led to this hearing being canceled, and that pressure might have come because of questions about Michael Flynn - lots of names to keep track here, so let me try to walk through this as simply as I can.

"Democrats welcome the opportunity to hear from Comey at any time", she said, "but that can not take the place of an open hearing".

Yates' lawyer also sent a letter to White House general counsel Donald McGahn on Friday stating her intentions to testify barring the assertion of executive privilege.

In his remarks Tuesday, Nunes seemed confused as to why he wouldn't continue to run the House's investigation as the committee's chairman. In an interview on Fox News, the President said that he "will be submitting things" to Nunes's committee "very soon", and "perhaps speaking about this next week", adding that "you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks". He also said Democrats didn't sign a letter to FBI Director James Comey, whom Nunes asked to return before the committee to testify again.


Kushner is the fourth Trump associate to offer to be interviewed by the congressional committees looking into the murky Russian Federation ties.

Jeremy Bash, a former chief of staff at both the Defence Department and Central Intelligence Agency under Barack Obama, claimed Nunes had come up with the story about travelling to the White House to block the testimony of Yates.

"This is what cover-up behavior looks like", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told a news conference he does not believe Nunes, a Trump ally, should remove himself from the investigation.


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