Top Dem Now Wants House Intel Chairman Investigated

During a Monday hearing, FBI Director James Comey told the committee that the bureau was investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian Federation government since late July.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee, gave a press conference today in which he expressed his concern that committee chairman Devin Nunes is not doing his job properly.

Let's start with Nunes.

Quigley said that while some committee Democrats were frustrated enough to want to walk away, there was a recognition that if they do so, they would be completely cutting off their ability to influence the investigation.

Nunes also announced that the committee is bringing in FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers for a second briefing, this time behind closed doors so that they can provide more information.

"We can't lose sight of the fact that it was our democracy -and not just one candidate or party - that was attacked by a hostile foreign power, " said Reed. "If he is removed, who do we get now?"

This could well boil over again next week, when the House Intelligence Committee holds a second public hearing about Russian Federation on Tuesday, March 28.

After Nunes spoke, Schiff came out and blasted the decision to call off Tuesday's hearing. Pressed on the issue, Nunes said such collection was "possible" and that he required additional information from the intelligence community to confirm that Trump had been caught by government surveillance.

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After apologizing, Nunes said: "It was a judgment call on my part, " according to the Associated Press.

Schiff said Wednesday that Nunes will need to decide whether he's running a truly independent inquiry or is a "White House surrogate". "It's hard for me to come to any other conclusion".

Nunes would not say how he had received the new information.

But he added that there was no evidence to support Trump's claim that Obama had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower.

Communications of Trump transition officials - and possibly then President-elect Donald Trump - were picked up in the "incidental collection" during routine US monitoring in the months before he took office, a key USA lawmaker said Wednesday.

NY [U.S.A.], March 24: U.S. President Donald Trump has defended claims he made in his stint as a political leader in an interview given to the Time magazine published on Thursday. The intercepts were not Russia-related, Nunes said.

"I believe it was all obtained legally", he said.

  • Douglas Reid