Published: Wed, March 29, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Nunes won't leave Russia probe; Ryan says no need to

Nunes won't leave Russia probe; Ryan says no need to

Comey's second round of testimony touched off a partisan fight among House investigators into Russia's meddling in the USA election, with Democrats saying they were angry Nunes canceled a public hearing with former intelligence officials, including former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Pence repeated the false information when asked about the situation in January, prompting Yates to inform the White House that Flynn may have misled Pence and other senior officials about his communications with Kislyak. Yates disagrees with DOJ's claim that her conversations with the White House would be protected by Presidential Communications Privilege.

Yates may still appear before Nunes and Schiff's committee, Schiff said on Tuesday, but no hearings are on the calendar and the process is still in disarray after a unusual back-and-forth last week.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan also were to testify. On Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded that Speaker Paul Ryan pull Nunes from the investigation. A White House official and spokesman for Nunes declined to comment on whether Ellis was involved in providing information to Nunes, as did a spokesman for Schiff.

Nunes, however, told CNN Tuesday morning he was "moving forward" with the investigation. 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.

The full committee meetings were canceled amid an increasingly tense back-and-forth that intensified over Chairman Devin Nunes' decision to cancel a public hearing set for Tuesday, two sources on the committee told CNN. "I've been around for quite a while and I've never heard of such thing". Democrats, meanwhile, have accused Nunes of attempting to "suicide bomb" his own investigation because they are convinced the evidence of collusion is there.

Swalwell suggested that Nunes was working on behalf of the Trump administration to minimize the findings of the Intelligence Committee's probe.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the committee, said Tuesday that Nunes should step down from the panel "in the interest of our integrity".

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "Chairman Nunes' discredited behavior has tarnished that office", and said Ryan should insist that Nunes "at least recuse himself" from the Russian Federation probe.

"It moves forward just like it was before", Nunes told reporters.

"I hope she testifies".

Over the weekend, it was reported that on Tuesday, the day before Nunes made his announcement, he had come to the White House to meet a source and review dozens of intelligence reports on the Trump transition team acquired via government spying.

"Actions taken by the chairman have compromised the investigation", Castro said.

"We believe that the department's position in this regard is overbroad, incorrect, and inconsistent with the department's historical approach to the congressional testimony of current and former officials, " he said. "I'm sorry, whenever there's time we'll do a press conference".

NEW DELHI (AP) - Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has criticized Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, calling it a hostile act.

Cheney said Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a serious attempt to interfere in the 2016 election and other democratic processes in America.

The Trump administration is refusing to provide details Tuesday to who signed House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes into offices on White House grounds, as the House investigation into Russia's interference in the United States elections is stalled, the victim of a partisan showdown. On Monday, it announced that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has agreed to be interviewed.

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