Trump aide faces Russian Federation questions

Miranda GreerApr 07, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan continued to express confidence in Nunes Tuesday, saying there is no need for the chairman to resign. There's nothing inherently improper about that - after an avalanche of accusatory leaks against him, go figure that Trump and his team might want to do a little leaking themselves - but again, as the head of a Committee that's pursuing an investigation that may implicate people in the White House, it's freaky that Nunes would call his own independence into question by doing the White House that favor.

Nunes' independence, however, has been called into question by Schiff and some other members of Congress following the last big cliffhanger in this melodrama. The Senate intelligence committee is doing its own investigation, and since late July the FBI has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Nunes has denied coordinating with the president or his aides. But how many Republicans have joined him, and how many Republicans have joined Democratic calls for Nunes to step aside? She said his actions raise questions about whether the panel's investigation can be unbiased and independent.

The White House refused to say on Thursday whether it gave the top Republican on the House intelligence committee access to highly classified materials.

"Whether the White House's desire to avoid a public claim of executive privilege to keep her from providing the full truth on what happened contributed to the decision to cancel today's hearing, we do not know", Mr Schiff said in a statement.

McCain tells CBS "This Morning": "I've been around for quite a while, and I've never heard of any such thing". John McCain (Ariz.) said, "Something's got to change; otherwise, the whole effort of the House of Representatives will lose credibility". On Monday, it announced that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has agreed to be interviewed.

As WND reported Tuesday, for weeks, reporters have demanded to know: Where is the evidence to back up President Trump's claim that the Obama administration spied on him? A Russian bank has revealed it met with Kushner in December. Meanwhile, the president of the United States is tweeting out lunatic conspiracy theories on the subject ("Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia") that make one wonder whether he is having some kind of emotional breakdown.

Spicer wasn't just irked by reporters trying to create and sustain the appearance of a Russian Federation scandal. This is the House's de facto chief investigator into the Russiagate matter, which involves the question of whether Russian officials were coordinating with Trump associates during the campaign. The revelations threaten to undercut the House's investigation on a committee that has been run in one of the most bipartisan fashions of any on Capitol Hill.

He faces criticism for not telling Schiff about the White House visit.

While Democrats have not withdrawn from the Intelligence Committee, it appears that the damage done to the House investigation may be irreparable. The information comprised executive branch documents that have not been provided to Congress.

Nor would he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting. That brings us to a couple of problems for the Trump White House.

Nunes revealed that he'd seen secret documents that suggested Trump and his aides had been swept up in US surveillance of foreign targets.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is asking whether an open congressional hearing on the Russian Federation probe was canceled because the White House did not want former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify and assert executive privilege. His actions look like those of someone who is interested in protecting the president and his party, " Schumer said.

He said the White House counsel's office never considered invoking executive privilege when the House Intelligence Committee asked former acting attorney general Sally Yates to testify about Russian Federation this week.

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