Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

The news Monday that Nunes met his source on White House grounds sparked the latest round of partisan fighting, which has left investigators unable to continue right now.

House Speaker Paul Ryan continued to express confidence in Nunes Tuesday, saying there is no need for the chairman to resign.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, said he was "aware that former AG Yates meant to speak on these matters and sought permission to testify from the White House".

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.

The president said nothing about the Nunes' revelation on Monday, working instead to get past the stinging failure of his healthcare plan on Friday, signing bills to roll back Obama-era regulations on education, labor laws and land use.

Graham then shared what he would do if he were in Nunes' shoes.

Democrat Jim Himes of CT told MSNBC's Morning Joe that Nunes has scrapped all meetings and open hearings that were scheduled for this week.

Yates' lawyer said she still meant to testify and would not disclose any classified information. He said: "Something's got to change, otherwise the whole effort in the House of Representatives will lose credibility". Therefore, to the extent Ms. Yates needs consent to disclose the details of those communications to [the intelligence panel], she needs to consult with the White House. Yates alerted the White House in January that Flynn had misled the White House about whether he had discussed sanctions in a December phone call with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

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"I think you put his objectivity in question, at the very least", the senator from SC said.

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Based on that correspondence, the newspaper reported: "The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign".

Moscow has been repeatedly accused of attempting to influence November's presidential election to undermine Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. The president owns those privileges. Peskov says the Kremlin was not aware of the meeting with Kushner before it took place.

The White House also said Kushner may soon be making a trip to Capitol Hill to talk with the Senate Intelligence Committee about his contacts with Russian officials and other foreign nationals during the transition. We have the newly discovered December meeting between Jared Kushner and representatives of a Russian bank that was under USA sanctions.

Schiff said Nunes' connections to the White House have raised insurmountable public doubts about whether the committee could credibly investigate the president's campaign associates.

The frenzy over Nunes's mysterious visit to the White House grounds increasingly (and ironically) seems to parallel the frenzy over the underlying probe into Trump associates' contacts with Russian Federation. Some of Nunes' fellow Republicans have questioned his objectivity after he made a controversial announcement last week about US spy agency surveillance.House Speaker Paul Ryan, asked at a news conference whether Nunes should step aside from the investigation and if he knew the source of Nunes' claims about surveillance, said: "No and no."At an event in the White House, Trump declined to comment on whether Nunes should step back".

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