Intelligence committee members disagree on dust-up involving Devin Nunes

Intelligence committee members disagree on dust-up involving Devin Nunes

Intelligence committee members disagree on dust-up involving Devin Nunes

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) accused the top committee Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) of damaging the "integrity" of their investigation by canceling a public hearing with high-profile witnesses and running President Trump with new evidence without showing the committee. However as of this time he has not produced the information for his committee's review.

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Nunes has reportedly apologized to the members of the committee for talking to the press and the president before talking to them. It seems that maybe President Trump is having too much influence on Mr. Nunes as chair.

Schiff held a separate press conference where he blamed Nunes for trying to "choke off" public information.

But Nunes' insistence on making such arrangements "voluntary" means that witnesses could speak to the committee behind closed doors, or make deals about topics that might be off limits, which Democrats say defeats the whole goal.

The official said Nunes arrived and left alone.

"One of the key priorities of any investigation is to maintain its legitimacy and integrity", Jones said.

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Two former advisers to President Donald Trump said Friday that they're willing to speak to the House Intelligence Committee about their role in Trump's campaign for the committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election.

Nunes told the Daily Beast on Friday that he was "the only one" who'd seen classified documents showing Trump associates were the subject of "legally collected foreign intelligence under FISA", the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"In a phone interview, Nunes confirmed to CNN that he was on the White House grounds that day - but he said he was not in the White House itself", said Tapper. But before an answer could be given, Mr Nunes cancelled a second scheduled hearing for 28 March, where intelligence chiefs were expected to speak. A new date has not been set.

The House committee was unusual in holding hearings open to the public.

Maybe Nunes should not have brought this information to the White House before he briefed committee members.

By linking Gorsuch's fate to the FBI investigation into the Russian role in the USA elections, Schumer was suggesting that the alleged Trump-Russia connection could be used as leverage in a wider array of issues, ranging from judicial nominations to tax and budgetary policy.

Rep. Nunes was was heavily criticized by the other members of the committee for not sharing the information with them, and for not revealing the source of the information.

The two also declined to respond to questions about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manfort, who was sacked in August when it was learned he was under investigation for possibly accepting $12 million from a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine, and Roger Stone, a one-time Trump campaign adviser who has acknowledged contacts with WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 over pirated Democratic party emails.

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