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Schiff calls out Nunes as tensions escalate over House Russia probe

Schiff calls out Nunes as tensions escalate over House Russia probe

The Trump administration is refusing to provide details Tuesday to who signed House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes into offices on White House grounds, as the House investigation into Russia's interference in the USA elections is stalled, the victim of a partisan showdown.

Asked to follow up on questions from Monday about how Nunes was cleared to visit White House grounds and whom he met, Spicer said: "I don't have anything for you on that at this time".

Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting separate investigations on any possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, while FBI Director James Comey said his agency is leading its own inquiry into the matter.

Asked to weigh in on calls for Nunes to recuse himself, the Republican source responded, "That's horses-".

Nunes has come under pressure following revelations that he met with a source on White House grounds before publicly claiming he received evidence that communications by President Donald Trump and members of his transition team may have been monitored by the intelligence community.

But King said members of the committee stand by Nunes.

"That's a very, very personal decision about what congressman Nunes thinks is best to do for him, his constituents and the good of the investigation", Christie told GMA.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has invited the heads of congressional intelligence committees investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election to view materials found by the National Security Council.

It's a monumental shift from where House investigators planned to be Tuesday, interrogating a trio of former Obama administration officials in a public hearing.

"Because it appears like the Democrats aren't really serious about this investigation", he said.

Nunes' cancellation of that hearing prompted Schiff to question "whether the White House's desire to avoid a public claim of executive privilege to keep her from providing the full truth on what happened contributed to the decision to cancel today's hearing".

Nunes raised eyebrows when he held an unexpected press conference on March 22 and then briefed the president - before making members of his committee aware - that information about Trump's transition team, and possibly the president himself, had been "incidentally collected" after the election in November.

"I don't think he can just recuse himself and still chair the committee", Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat on the panel, told CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday on "New Day". She added that a closed meeting with Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers and an open hearing with Clapper, Brennan, and Yates, "all of whom were ready and willing to testify on Tuesday", she said, were not "mutually exclusive". "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". But two days later he said he was not sure whether Trump and his aides were monitored and a spokesman said he needed to review more information.

"Just to sit in the same room and talk about what he saw, who he received it from and how it's relevant for what we're trying to do with the Russian Federation investigation".

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