Schiff calls out Nunes as tensions escalate over House Russia probe

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

Your current subscription does not provide access to this content. "There was no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee".

The Trump administration sought to block former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's campaign, according to letters provided to the Washington Post.

The California Republican admitted that he met with an unidentified source on the White House grounds to review intelligence reports ahead of his claim that Trump transition members' communications were "incidentally" swept up by US intelligence officials.

The chairman of the house intelligence committee, Devin Nunes is defending himself against pressure from democrats to step aside from his committee's Russian Federation probe.

White House aides said Tuesday that staffers have had discussions about ideas for a new bill, but no strategy is in place. Trump quickly seized on the statements as at least partial vindication for his assertion that President Barack Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower - though Nunes, Schiff and FBI Director James Comey have said there is no such evidence. Democrats said the cancellations went further, including a regular meeting later in the week.

At the center, of course, is Trump, who has animated the story with his off-the-cuff tweets.

The first is the substance of Nunes's claim, and on that there remain a bevy of unanswered questions. The mid-February revelation that Yates and a national security officer had met with White House officials in late January was what triggered Flynn's resignation.

"Now I think we have this cloud over the investigation", Schiff said Wednesday, but "we're not going to stop our work". He also wrote that Yates' testimony would cover details that others have publicly recounted.

March 23: Nunes expresses regret for failing to brief Intel committee before White House. We have no problem with her testifying.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Yates' other act of patriotism within that 10-day window came when she informed White House officials that national security adviser Michael Flynn was lying about the content of his conversations with Russian Federation. If he got the stuff at the White House and then went back to the White House to discuss the material, it all looks rather orchestrated.

But he stressed he has faith in the Senate Intelligence Committee probe into Russia's actions and said there is room for multiple investigations into the issue.

But Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, influential foreign policy hawks, joined Democrats in questioning Nunes' objectivity although they stopped short of calling on him to remove himself from the probe as Democrats have done.

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