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Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

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 U.S. elections is stalled, the victim of a partisan showdown.

Thank you for reading and relying on TulsaWorld.com for your news and information. The Justice Department responded the next day, saying that it was possible that Yates may need the White House's approval in order to testify. John McCain, want some kind of independent process to look into the Russian Federation story - a select committee, or a special commission like that created after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the House intelligence committee, is calling on Chairman Devin Nunes to step down from the panel.

Nunes insisted the House investigation would proceed normally, yet canceled all of the committee's meetings slated for this week when former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she would publicly testify.

The House and Senate intelligence committees and the FBI are investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's associates' ties with the Kremlin.

He noted that former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed to have forgotten about talks with the Russian ambassador.

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.

Nunes is facing increasing pressure from Democrats to step away because he's seen as being too close to the White House, especially after he went to the White House grounds to review secret reports.

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The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.

In a series of letters, the Justice Department argued that Yates should not testify because the information she could provide the committee was covered by presidential communications privilege, the Post found.

Editor's note at 2:55 p.m. ET: This post has been updated and rewritten with reporting that has come in since it was first published.

He arranged meetings between Trump and leaders from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The Justice Department responded to O'Neil saying that the question of what privileged conversations Yates could discuss was ultimately up to the White House. Nunes' statement most definitely did not confirm Trump's claim, but that was hardly the biggest problem with Nunes' charge.

Keep in mind also that it was Friday, after this exchange of letters, that Nunes first canceled the hearing at which Yates was scheduled to testify, to the anger of Democrats.

"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?" He was hopelessly compromised even before his midnight jaunt to the Rose Garden or wherever on "the White House grounds" he was roaming before babbling into the microphones about how Barack Obama's mad ninja black-ops skillz were bedeviling the new president.

He said the White House counsel's office never considered invoking executive privilege when the House Intelligence Committee asked former acting attorney general Sally Yates to testify about Russian Federation this week.

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