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White House denies it sought to prevent Yates' testimony

07 April 2017

The White House on Tuesday rejected allegations that it sought to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before Congress in the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of ties between Russian agents and Trump campaign officials.

"We try to augment the lead of the White House, as we have done on his reform agenda items", Eric Beach said.

"Plain and simple. The report in the Washington Post is 100 percent false".

If you're thinking that Cohen-Watnick's name in this pairing redeems Nunes' statement that he had gathered his secret info from an intelligence official, note that Cohen-Watnick is in his position under very unusual circumstances.

Jared Kushner has been able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee chairman, then canceled that hearing and another closed session that was supposed to have taken its place.

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.

"I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman", Schiff said in a statement Monday.

"It wouldn't surprise me at all if there was a vigorous pushback on having her testify, among other things, about how long did [Trump] know Flynn had lied before he was willing to do anything about it?" In an interview on CNN, he suggested the president's aides were unaware of the meeting.

The chairman did not tell the top Democrat on the committee about the meeting at the White House complex.

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(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Roy Godson, Professor of Government Emeritus at Georgetown University, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017, on Russian intelligence activities.

He canceled the hearing shortly after he met with officials at the White House.

The White House has denied taking any action to prevent that testimony.

Nunes' revelation 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.

A Republican senator says the House intelligence chairman has "put his objectivity in question" when it comes to investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. She said his actions raise questions about whether the panel's investigation can be unbiased and independent.

Yates, an Obama administration appointee, was sacked by Trump on January 30 after she instructed the Justice Department not to defend his controversial executive order limiting travel and immigration from seven countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Instead, the White House continued to sidestep queries about its role in showing Nunes classified information that appears to have included transcripts of foreign officials discussing Trump's transition to the presidency, according to current and former US officials.

The Republican congressman's revelation Monday 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.

House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes acknowledges he went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving associates of President Donald Trump were caught up in "incidental" surveillance. Nunes said on Tuesday he would not. 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. But Republican leaders in the House and Senate appear unenthusiastic about anything like that and Trump would not sign any legislation that created a nuisance for himself.

White House denies it sought to prevent Yates' testimony