Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

GOP Rep Calls For Devin Nunes to Recuse Himself From Russia Probe

GOP Rep Calls For Devin Nunes to Recuse Himself From Russia Probe

The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, charged on Tuesday that the White House had interfered behind the scenes to stop Yates from appearing.

That letter, in essence, marked Justice Department officials backing away from the dispute, saying that although they thought executive privilege probably applied to Yates's discussions, that was a conversation she would have to have with lawyers at the White House, not the Justice Department. The requirement that she not discuss even non-classified material "is particularly untenable given that multiple senior administration officials have publicly described the same events", he said.

"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.

"I'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them".

A spokeswoman for Ryan, R-Wis., said Monday that the speaker has "full confidence" in Nunes conducting a "thorough, fair and credible investigation".

At a press briefing Monday, reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if Nunes' source could have come from the White House itself.

Nunes won't say who signed him into the White House.

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. "We have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple". "I look forward to it", Spicer said. However, Nunes says he was not in the White House itself. Flynn was ousted after those discrepancies were made public. The panel has no public hearings on its calendar, but Schiff told NPR on Tuesday that Republican and Democratic staffers are continuing to review documents and assemble lists of potential witnesses.

John McCain (R-Ariz.) questioned Nunes' credibility and the House Intelligence Committee's ability to conduct its investigation.

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"And he has become the subject basically, he should be, of an investigation", Cummings said.

"You guys know the truth of that", the congressman said of Democrats' claims that he is too close to Trump to be impartial in his investigating.

Two prominent Republican senators who have been focused on the Russian Federation investigation spoke out about Nunes Tuesday.

I have asked some preliminary questions. "I've been around for quite a while and I've never heard of such thing".

Trump quickly seized on the statements as at least partial vindication for his assertion that President Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower - though Nunes, Schiff and FBI Director James Comey have said there is no such evidence.

Nunes dismissed accusations he has been intentionally delaying his committee's investigation.

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.

Among those officials was Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who reportedly warned the White House in January that then national security adviser had been recorded conversing with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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