Unanswered Questions about Rep. Nunes and Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
April 3, 2017

A Nunes spokesman said the congressman got his information from a source on the White House grounds.

The outcry over Nunes' actions since FBI Director James Comey confirmed the FBI was investigating possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign could add momentum to calls for an independent commission to investigate the matter.

Nunes also fielded questions about Tuesday's cancellation of an open House hearing that was supposed to feature testimony from former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates about matters related to the Russian Federation probe.

The matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and two congressional committees, so no conclusions have been reached at all. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, in addition to many other prominent Democrats, has called for Nunes to step aside. Asked whether he would recuse himself, he said, "The investigation continues".

He said the evidence showed that the intelligence community had incidentally collected information on President Donald Trump's transition team, and possibly Trump himself, during the postelection transition period.

Nunes would not name the source of the information, and his office said he did not intend to share it with other members of the committee.

"Until Mr. Comey comes in, it's a little tough for us to do depositions and interviews", Nunes said.

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.

Schiff, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have called for Nunes to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

The latest incident came Tuesday after the chairman cancelled a hearing that was supposed to include testimony from the former acting Attorney General Sally Yates who President Trump fired.

"This is the first any of us have heard of these claims" of a lack of cooperation, another committee aide said.

Politico reports Nunes told NBC News, "We're beginning to figure out who's actually serious about the investigation because it appears like the Democrats aren't really serious about this investigation". "Everything is moving as is", he added, saying scheduling an open hearing would be "a logical first step" after a meeting with Comey. "But our job is to do everything in our power to be responsible to go forward and be constructive and that's what we're doing".

Spicer's claim that even Democrats who have been briefed on the matter agree there was no collusion is at odds with statements from Democrats. Mark Warner, D-Va., left, speaks at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March.

"I think that we certainly had agreement today that the witnesses that we feel are appropriate, they won't stand in our way, and we feel the same way about witnesses they want to call", he said.

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