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House probe into Russia's interference is stalled

07 April 2017

"That leadership is long overdue", she said.

Nunes, R-Calif., said the pressure for him to resign was typical politics.

Your afternoon shot of politics, sent straight from the desk of Joshua Miller. Nunes rebuffed calls to step aside from the Russia Investigation and House Speaker Paul Ryan today also expressed confidence in Nunes' ability.

The request for recusal marks a critical split between Schiff and Nunes, who had worked closely on the House investigation into ties between top aides to the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.

Asked if he should recuse himself, committee chairman Devin Nunes responded, "Why would I?" He told reporters last week that he had seen troubling information about the improper distribution of Trump associates' intercepted communications, and he briefed the president on the material, all before informing his Democratic counterpart on the House committee. During his trip, Nunes said, he viewed documents that show Trump and his transition team were swept up in US surveillance of foreign targets after the election. But the bipartisan glow surrounding the committee quickly faded following Nunes's decision to break protocol and communicate directly with the president, who is a potential target of his investigation.

Nunes says his source was an intelligence official - not a White House staffer - and that the information was contained on the executive branch computer system.

Questions over Nunes' independence have split the usually non-partisan Intelligence Committee as Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to damage the investigation. When Spicer was asked about this further, he insisted that "we have no problem with her testifying", and that WaPo's piece is "100% false". It comes just hours after CNN reported that Nunes visited the White House grounds one day before going to the President with evidence that his transition aides' communications were picked up in surveillance by U.S. intelligence.

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McCain, an Arizona conservative and critic of President Donald Trump, said Nunes must divulge the identity of the source to rule out political influence.

He added in an interview with CBS: "Obviously, on a committee like an intelligence committee, you've got to have bipartisanship; otherwise, the committee loses credibility". Nunes then spoke to reporters and said that he had "confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about USA citizens involved in the Trump transition".

As WND reported Tuesday, for weeks, reporters have demanded to know: Where is the evidence to back up President Trump's claim that the Obama administration spied on him? We have the newly discovered December meeting between Jared Kushner and representatives of a Russian bank that was under usa sanctions.

Vnesheconombank, or VEB, said in Monday's statement carried by state RIA Novosti news agency that it met with Kushner past year as part of "road show" discussions with representatives of leading financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States. It said the meetings focused on global development banks' strategies. In a series of tweets Monday night, Trump said that instead of probing his associates, the committee should be investigating his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton's ties to the Kremlin. "Trump Russia story is a hoax, " he tweeted. John McCain, want a special process to investigate Russia's election meddling, either a select committee within the Congress or something like the 9/11 Commission that followed the 2001 terror attacks.

The House investigation has been hampered by partisan divisions.

He faces criticism for not telling Schiff about the White House visit. The ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee called Nunes' sleuthing "suspicious".

House probe into Russia's interference is stalled