Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Oversight chair: 'Ridiculous' to call for investigation into Nunes

His comments come after Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) last week called for an investigation into Nunes, who earlier this month bypassed his own committee to brief President Trump and the media on information related to incidental USA surveillance of Trump's transition team.

But Nunes never scheduled Comey's and Rogers' reappearance before the committee - a committee spokesman said Tuesday that Nunes was still trying to set it up - and Democrats now question whether Nunes' maneuver was meant to kill momentum the committee had built after its first public session March 20. Nunes told reporters, rebuffing Democrats. However, Nunes says he was not in the White House itself.

Monday, several Democrats called for Nunes' removal from the investigation, citing concerns with his objectivity.

The letters on Thursday and Friday outline claims of confidentiality as a Justice official and executive privilege for communications with the White House.

"The President from the early days of his campaign talked about repealing and replacing", Spicer said during his daily press briefing.

Last Tuesday evening, Nunes went to a secure National Security Council facility on the grounds of the White House and reviewed intelligence reports, with the assistance of one or more unknown officials.

Rather than share the information with his committee, Nunes made a very visible trip to present it to Trump, who said it "somewhat" vindicated his unproven charge that former president Barack Obama had ordered the intelligence agencies to wiretap Trump Tower during the campaign.

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On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-California) announced that the intelligence community "incidentally" intercepted information on President Donald Trump's transition team. "We're in the process of exchanging witness lists and are going to see if by the end of the day we can agree on at least a common set of initial witnesses".

Takano makes a distinction between Nunes' recusal and replacement since there might be "issues" with whomever among Nunes' Republican colleagues might replace him.

Yates was sacked in January as acting attorney general after she refused to defend the Trump administration's first travel ban. Russian Federation mounted a campaign of "propaganda on steroids" seeking to influence the 2016 US presidential election, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says, listing several areas of concern about possible links to Republican Trump's campaign.

CNN has reached out to Nunes for comment on the meeting and has not yet received a response.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia's role in the election, wants to question Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, about meetings he held with the Russian ambassador and a Russian banker in December.

Upon finding the documents, Nunes said he copied their identifying numbers so he could formally request them for the rest of his committee to view. On Monday, several Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for Nunes to step down as the head of the House Intelligence Committee.

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