Donald Trump Impeachment: WH Reportedly Trying To Sink Russia Investigation

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 30, 2017

The top Democrats on Capitol Hill: Senate and House Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, as well as the House Intelligence Committee's Ranking Member, Adam Schiff, all called for Nunes' removal from the probe Monday. Lindsey Graham and John McCain questioned Nunes' actions.

Those flames aren't going to die down anytime soon, as we now know from Washington Post reporting that Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was scheduled to testify at the hearing for today that Rep. Nunes canceled.

Before telling his committee colleagues, Nunes met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, and then Trump. "So he should be gone", says Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democratic member of the committee.

Nunes responded only by saying, cartoonishly, that "the investigation continues", and refused to comment on whether it might be time for him to recuse himself, before climbing into his Mystery Machine and driving away. Mr. Comey doesn't want to appear before the committee unless the invitation is bipartisan, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Now there are allegations that the White House may be running its own political interference to keep Yates from talking.

Nunes went on to brief Trump at the White House about the documents, but Schiff said neither he nor anyone else on the committee had been able to view the documents yet, and called into question Nunes' claims. "I look forward to it", Spicer told reporters during his daily briefing.

After Trump made unfounded claims that President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped, Nunes said that intelligence agencies had incidentally collected information about the Trump team's communications as part of their surveillance of foreign agents.

The chairman did not tell the top Democrat on the committee about the meeting at the White House complex.

March 21: Nunes travels to White House grounds to review evidence of potential surveillance of Trump associates.

Speier had already said Nunes should recuse himself from the panel's Russian Federation investigation.

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee hurled salvos at each other on Wednesday, raising partisan tensions over the investigation into Russian meddling in the US election.

O'Neil was originally scheduled to testify Tuesday, but on Friday, hours after her attorney sent a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn informing him of what the Justice Department had decided, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) canceled the scheduled hearing, because of course he did. "Until Mr. Comey comes in, it's a little tough for us to do depositions and interviews", Nunes said.

The postponed Yates testimony serves as the latest wrinkle in an ongoing saga over the committee's investigation, and Nunes' handling of the situation will raise further questions over his impartiality and add more blood to the water for Democrats already convinced that Republican partisanship is threatening the integrity of the investigation.

"I can assure you, they didn't do it because it was in the vested interest of the American people".

Democrats contend Nunes' loyalty to Trump is greater than his commitment to leading an independent investigation.

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