The U.S. House of Representatives chairman of that body’s Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California, 22nd District) abruptly canceled not only today’s hearing on the investigation into possible Trump/Russia ties but all hearings for that committee for the remainder of the week, through Friday, March 31, 2017.
This is the second hearing of the House Intelligence Committee canceled by Nunes in less than a week, with the Friday, March 24, 2017 hearing also canceled by the committee chairman.
Rep. Nunes finds himself the man on the hot seat as Rep. Adam Shiff (D-California, 28th District) and other Democrats have called for Nunes to recuse himself from the Intelligence Committee in light of Nunes’ visits to the White House to apprise President Trump of evidence uncovered before discussing such matters with his own committee members. An alternative offered by the Democrats to Nunes’ recusal would be for him to step down as chairman of the committee.
So far, Nunes has refused to step aside as Intelligence Committee chairman or recuse himself from the committee, explaining that his Republican committee colleagues continue to support him in his current role.
House Intel chair Devin Nunes says he will not recuse himself from the Russian investigative panel. #MAGA#POTUS#Nunes
The Washington Post reported that former acting attorney general Sally Yates was scheduled to testify before the Intelligence Committee today, something the Trump administration attempted to block from happening.
It is unknown what Yates may have testified to or about, but speculation on social media suggests Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia may have been one issue or the administration’s attempts to cover up Flynn’s Russian ties.
Why Are House Democrats Concerned About Nunes’ Impartiality?
Rep. Nunes’ visits to the White House in relation to the ongoing investigations of possible ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign that are in question, at least by Democrats, began on March 21, 2017, when Nunes visited there with a yet-unknown party who Nunes said showed him documents related to U.S. Intelligence.
The following day, Nunes held a press conference where he announced that it was possible that some Trump transition team members’ communications were intercepted inadvertently as part of a FISA investigation during Obama’s administration. March 23, 2017, is when Rep. Nunes took information to President Trump that potentially had to do with Nunes’ committee’s investigation before sharing that information with any of his committee members, something he later said was a judgment call on his part.
After FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee in its first public hearing where Comey testified that his agency has an investigation ongoing involving possible interference from Russia into the U.S. Election in November 2016, Nunes sought to make any further testimony from Comey be done out of the public eye.
The March 24th hearing canceled by Nunes would have been a public hearing had it occurred as scheduled.
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