What's Ahead For Investigations Into The Trump Campaign And Russia
- Author: Michelle Webb Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 0:49
The Democratic call comes on the heels of recent dramatic events in which Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, briefed President Trump at the White House after seeing documents that he says identified US citizens in the Trump transition being caught up in incidental surveillance of intelligence agency targets.
"It must have been a very strong push back about the nature of Monday's hearing", Schiff said.
The following day, prior to notifying fellow committee members, Rep Nunes spoke to House Speaker Paul Ryan and then called for an abrupt press conference where he stated, "the intelligence community incidentally collected information about USA citizens involved in the Trump transition".
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who also sits on the Intelligence Committee, confirmed that he has also not been briefed on the information that Nunes has.
Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Friday he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance that has become a source of controversy since Nunes made it public in two news conferences this week.
Mr Nunes said he called off the meeting to have more time to refer with Mr Comey and the National Security Director Michael Rogers.
Warner said Sunday he was "totally mystified by what Mr. Nunes has said". By and large, they've tried to do it in a bipartisan way.
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A number of senior former intelligence and Justice Department officials had been invited to the March 28 hearing, including former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. The ongoing & increasingly public feud this past week between Nunes and Schiff suggests that some of those concerns may have been justified.
"The committee has seats and additional information from Monday's hearing that can only be addressed in closed session", Nunes said. "And I've talked to my chairman, Richard Burr". One is the investigation into Russia's apparent interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the other is President Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower. Please, if there are still grown-ups in the GOP, the Senate or the House, give Americans what they need to save the republic: "the truth".
McCain, who called for a select committee to investigate the meddling, pointed out that the Russians are trying to influence the French election, which has its first round of voting next month. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is "open" to an independent panel but said he still has "trust" his GOP chairman, Sen.
"As I get more and more into this, I'm going to double down on that statement because it's extraordinary, " he said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager in midsummer and formerly on the payroll of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests, categorically denies involvement by the Trump campaign in altering the platform.
Stone was in contact with the hacker into the Democratic emails that were exposed on Wikileaks, known as Guccifer 2.0. We should be shocked and dismayed by his eagerness to believe off-the-wall allegations that he has heard on Fox News, as was the case here, yet eagerly disbelieve uncomfortable news from the nation's intelligence agencies.
Still, Nunes maintained there were pieces of information in the reports "that I don't think belong there", and again questioned whether the identities of the president and some associates might have been unnecessarily unmasked.