DOJ Said Yates Needed To Consult White House On Russia Testimony

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The Washington Post first reported the letters. This comes after Nunes' weird unveiling of supposed evidence that the Obama White House really did surveil Trump aides during the transition. "The White House has taken no action to prevent Sally Yates from testifying and the Department of Justice specifically told her that it would not stop her and to suggest otherwise is completely irresponsible".

Now! You may remember Yates as not only the woman who refused to defend Trump's first Muslim ban in court and was then immediately fired, but the very same woman who, it came out, had days earlier informed the White House that Michael Flynn, then Trump's national security advisor, was vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

Said Swalwell: "The chairman requested that in lieu of a public hearing we have a closed hearing with James Comey and Mike Rogers". Adam Schiff, the HIC's ranking Democrat, said in a statement. Schiff on Monday called for Nunes to recuse himself from that inquiry. Deputy Associate Attorney General Scott Schools, who wrote the letter, goes on to say, "The President owns those privileges", so therefore, she "needs to consult with the White House" if she wants to testify.

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., asked reporters, "Why would I?" and dismissed the calls from lawmakers for him to step down as "a lot of politics".

Nunes would not name the source of the information, nor would he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting. "I've been around for quite a while and I never heard of any such thing", McCain said.

"The chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of US citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped", said Nunes spokesman Jack Langer. "You can't keep your credibility", Jones said. The same day, Nunes announced that he would cancel the scheduled hearing - making it unnecessary for the White House to assert executive privilege at all. Nunes, for his part, is standing firm, saying he will not recuse himself from the probe.

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In his remarks Tuesday, Nunes seemed confused as to why he wouldn't continue to run the House's investigation as the committee's chairman.

Speier said that Nunes' actions raise questions about whether the House committee's investigation can be unbiased and independent. It warns that there is a limit to what she could reveal in her testimony and that "she needs to consult with the White House".

Burr said the investigation's mission is to look at all activities Russia might have undertaken to alter or influence the election and to examine contacts any campaign had with Russian government officials that could have influenced the process.

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The source said her testimony would have contradicted statements by the White House about these events. Walter Jones , R-N.C., became the first member of the GOP to say Nunes should recuse himself.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., called the investigation the biggest he's seen since he was elected to Congress.

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