Spicer: Questions About Nunes' Meeting On WH Grounds Are 'Issues For Him'

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 30, 2017

Can Nunes retain his credibility as the investigation plays out? He previously served on Trump's transition team. In fact, Nunes is acting as though he's trying to convince everyone he's staging a coverup.

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. If you already subscribe, thank you.

Speier said that Nunes' actions raise questions about whether the House committee's investigation can be unbiased and independent.

The California Republican, who was a member of Trump's presidential transition team, has said he met with a secret source last week on White House grounds to review classified material that showed Trump associates" communications had been captured in "incidental' surveillance of foreigners in November, December and January.

In a series of letters, the Justice Department argued that Yates should not testify because the information she could provide the committee was covered by presidential communications privilege, the Post found.

After making the announcement about the intelligence, Nunes then went to the White House to brief Trump - which has raised more eyebrows about why he was at the White House the day before to see information he said later that he was taking to Trump.

Flynn left the administration in February after acknowledging that he had not given the White House a full account of his conversations with Kislyak.

The committee was slated to receive a closed briefing from Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers on Tuesday in place of an open hearing from former Obama administration officials, but it was postponed on Monday.

That law authorizes the President to appoint "employees in the White House office without regard to any other provision of law regulating the employment or compensation of persons in the government service". It's a question someone should ask him.

At the center of the dispute is a formal letter Nunes drafted last Friday, inviting Comey to brief the committee in private at the same time that former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and others were supposed to testify before the committee in public.

"Maybe if we put a "Breaking News" banner up here that says: Nunes Went to Ryan First. someone might ask Paul Ryan about that", he said.

"I can't overlook if the chairman of committee is going to freelance in this way", Schiff said.

What does the White House know?

In any case, the subject of Flynn - presumably the topic of Yates's testimony - is only one corner of this scandal.

"To suggest in any way, shape or form that we stood in the way of that is 100 percent false", Spicer said Tuesday during a briefing that lasted only around half an hour.

"I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do". That's not likely to happen, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

Schiff and a few key Republicans, including Arizona Sen.

"He can't take intelligence over there so he must have gotten it there, or else he violated a major rule or procedure", said Sen.

In response to a reporter's question, Burr said he had not personally coordinated with the White House in shaping the scope of the Senate committee's investigation.

After all that we've seen from the conduct of Nunes, McCain's call, blunt as it was, is an understatement.

A key House Democrat on Tuesday blamed the White House for preventing a former top Justice Department leader from testifying in public about the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian election meddling.

Even as Washington was reeling from the latest twist in the Trump-Russia affair, a new scandal emerged.

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