Sadly, this includes national security. And did the Russians have the help of USA citizens in this compromise of our democracy, including people associated with the campaign they assisted? Additional open hearings that the Senate and House Intelligence Committees have scheduled on this issue should be made closed hearings.
Compared to the Benghazi investigation, which House Republicans did not want to let go, the Russian Federation mystery is one the GOP doesn't seem to want to touch.
The House Intelligence Committee isn't the only game in town. It will be replaced with a closed hearing.
Trump and his team's alleged ties to Russian Federation would "inevitably" be made public due to the FBI investigation, actions by Congress and a possible independent inquiry.
The House committee was unusual in holding hearings open to the public.
According to Nunes, former National Intelligence Committee director James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan and former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates have all agreed to provide testimony on whether the Obama Administration was investigating members of Donald Trump's campaign team for their ties to Russian Federation.
Schiff has reportedly been briefed on the "basic contents" of Nunes's intelligence reports - including whether the Obama Administration's peek into any Trump-Russia connection could be backed up by evidence.
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Lawmakers will hear testimony from a DHS cybersecurity official, an information security specialist at the Government Accountability Office, and a cybersecurity policy analyst at the Congressional Research Services, according to a witness list provided by an aide to subcommittee Chairman John Ratcliffe (R-Texas).
The White House has said Trump was not aware of Manafort's record with Russian Federation before bringing him on board.
To false accusations leveled against our last president must be added Devin Nunes' own leak of classified information - right after complaining about the leak of classified information. This is precisely the sort of enemy spying caper that Nunes' intelligence committee is created to uncover. Nunes says he is only fulfilling his responsibilities as intelligence panel chief. I saw this happen when I worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. The Washington Post reported yesterday, "Nunes's own staff were not aware of the chairman's decision to go public and brief the president and were dismayed by his actions, said several individuals familiar with the matter".
In addition, Nunes said he has recalled FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers to testify to this hearing.
The first occurred after the Intelligence Committee's Monday hearing - in which FBI Director James Comey revealed that persons associated with the Trump campaign are under an investigation to determine whether they acted as agents of a foreign power.
"The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation, which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or whether he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he can not do both", said the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
Some Democrats have said Nunes' actions mean he can't conduct an impartial investigation into potential Trump-Russia ties, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he has "full confidence" Nunes can oversee the probe.