Why Didn't Trump Want Sally Yates To Testify Before Congress About Russia?

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes R-Calif speaks with reporters outside the White House in Washington following a meeting with President Donald Trump. Nunes’ spokesman says the congres

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She was scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, but chairman Devin Nunes canceled that hearing, angering Democrats on the committee, CNN reports.

Chairman Nunes, who worked on the Trump transition team, went to the White House last week to view reports he claims shows intelligence agencies collected incidental information on Trump transition personnel.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in his briefing Tuesday that he would be happy for Yates to testify. This time, it's thanks to a new report, which claims that Trump didn't want Yates to testify before Congress about unconfirmed allegations members of his team had colluded with Russian Federation. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee chairman, then canceled that hearing and another closed session that was supposed to have taken its place.

The Republican congressman's disclosure prompted the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, as well as the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, to call on Nunes to recuse himself from the committee's Russian Federation probe.

National security experts and White House reporters have argued that it is highly unlikely Nunes could have obtained access to the White House grounds unnoticed, while members of Congress are wondering why Nunes would go around his committee to brief Trump on the documents directly. It's unclear when that testimony will occur. Tuesday, Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, broke ranks and said Nunes should recuse himself. "There was no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee".

"A lot of [lawmakers] have said that we don't need an independent commission because we're doing the work in the House committee, on the Intelligence Committee, and so that's always been the out for not having an independent commission", Swalwell said. "We have a responsibility to do this investigation".


"Wouldn't have been the way I would've done things, but I don't know whether that means he has to recuse himself", Christie said on Good Morning America Wednesday.

"In particular, we believe that Ms. Yates should not be obligated to refuse to provide non-classified facts about the department's notification to the White House of concerns about the conduct of a senior official", he wrote.

A Russian state bank says it has met with Kushner as part of a series of meetings on future strategies.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said Monday the speaker has "full confidence that Chairman Nunes is conducting a thorough, fair and credible investigation".

On Friday, when Yates's lawyer sent a letter to the White House indicating that she still wanted to testify, the hearing was canceled.

The following day, in a letter to O'Neil, the Justice Department responded with another objection: that Yates's communications with the White House are probably covered by "presidential communications privilege", and referred him to the White House.

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