DOJ Said Yates Needed To Consult White House On Russia Testimony

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Wednesday accused Democrats of hampering the investigation into Russian interference in the USA presidential election.

"This week to me has been an embarrassment".

Some Democrats have accused Nunes of trying to undermine the investigation's independence from the White House and called on him to recuse himself from it.

Nunes' White House meeting - in which he is said to have met a confidential source - raised further questions about his independence from the Trump administration.

But Schiff argued it was up to Nunes to restore credibility in the committee's investigation. It attracted both Republicans and Democrats. "The committee asked her to testify on our own accord and we still intend to have her speak to us", Langer said.

Yates warned the White House in January that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail after he made incorrect statements about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The next month, Flynn was forced to resign for what the White House said were his contradictory statements to Vice President Mike Pence.

"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". Still, there was no word on when or if the hearing would be rescheduled.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. "He's really on to something, that's why".

"The intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in our elections - paired with mounting evidence of connections between the Trump administration and Putin's government - demands a thorough and nonpartisan investigation", said Takano, who serves on House committees pertaining to education and the workforce, space, science and technology and veterans affairs.

But King said members of the committee stand by Nunes.

The announcement was seen Mr Trump as a partial vindication for his accusation that Barack Obama had "wiretapped" his home in Manhattan during the campaign - a claim which Mr Nunes previously said there is no evidence to support and one which was widely ridiculed by the press and the political establishment.

"You know for an administration who started by saying that there had never been any contacts with Russian Federation, an administration where you had a candidate, now a president, who continues to compliment [Russian] President have all of these actions sure doesn't do much to remove the cloud that is increasingly getting darker over this administration", Warner said.

Fox News had a brief interview with Nunes outside his Capitol Hill office.

The White House has defended Nunes' actions, saying he had done his job to investigate allegations of surveillance and was being up front with journalists about his activities.

Comey has said that there is no information to support Trump's allegation that Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower in NY.

On Friday, before it was publicly known that Nunes visited the grounds earlier in the week, Spicer was asked if the chairman received the documents showing "incidental collection" from the White House.

  • Audrey Hill