Nunes: House intel committee invites Comey to testify

Nunes: House intel committee invites Comey to testify

FBI Director James Comey is making a dramatic appearance Monday, March 20, 2017 before the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to publicly reject President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

When - or whether - Yates actually does appear is another matter. He previously served on Trump's transition team. That session was also cancelled.

Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting separate investigations on any possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, while FBI Director James Comey said his agency is leading its own inquiry into the matter.

He said the meeting made it look like he is too close to the Trump administration to be objective.

"The hearing this week was going to hear from Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, and I'm told that she had some very interesting things to tell the committee, to tell the public about when she told the White House counsel that Mike Flynn had, in fact, been lying to the vice president". Not only that but the Russians' knowledge about what Flynn had said left him open to blackmail, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned.

"The White House did not stop Yates from testifying", Yates said.

The Post cited letters from Yates' attorneys to the Justice Department.

"We are aware that former AG Yates meant to speak on these matters, and sought permission from the White House to testify", Rep.

That letter indicates that government lawyers initially argued that Yates was bound by attorney-client confidentiality.

As House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes faces growing calls to step aside from the investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie admitted he didn't agree with Nunes' actions but said recusal is a "personal decision".

It's also unclear why Nunes would go to the White House to seek a secure location to view classified material when members of the committee said there are secure rooms at the Capitol.

Congressman Nunes has come under consistent pressure for his unwillingness to investigate the Trump administration and its ties to Russian Federation.

"I hope she testifies", press secretary Sean Spicer said.

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

Kushner has agreed to speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Schiff and a few key Republicans, including Arizona Sen. "Trump Russia story is a hoax", he tweeted. House and Senate leaders, however, are unlikely to agree, and Trump would not sign legislation to create such a commission.

Swalwell is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and spoke with CBS News.

The hearing would have been another public airing of the infighting within the committee.

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email that "Speaker Ryan has full confidence that Chairman Nunes is conducting a thorough, fair, and credible investigation". The committee has said it is getting some of what it requested, but has not received everything.

"This isn't Democrats versus Republicans".

Walter Jones on Tuesday became the first congressional Republican to call for fellow party member Rep. Devin Nunes to step aside from leading the House Intelligence Committee's probe into alleged ties between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign.

"It's irregular, to be benign about it, to have a lead investigator kibitzing with the people being investigated", said Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.

According to a piece published in The Washington Post on Tuesday, Yates was planning to testify when, earlier this month, the Justice Department warned her that large swaths of her testimony were likely to be barred from discussion, thanks to the presidential communication privilege.

"That's ridiculous", Chaffetz said Tuesday on MSNBC.

Spicer repeatedly explained to Vega that the White House was not asserting executive privilege.

Nunes, who was a member of Trump's transition team after the November 8 election, told reporters on Tuesday the House panel's investigation was moving forward. Trump fired her over a separate issue - Yates told the Justice Department's attorneys not to defend in court Trump's order restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries. In an interview on CNN, he suggested the president's aides were unaware of the meeting.

While some Republicans have been critical on Rep. Nunes, only one GOP member of the House has joined Democrats in calling for him to step aside.

At the meeting, O'Neil presented a letter in which he said the Justice Department had "advised" him that Yates' official communications on issues of interest to the House panel are "client confidences" that can not be disclosed without written consent.

He said Tuesday that he would "never" reveal his source. Trump has asked Congress to investigate.



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