Nunes, on the other hand, was categorical that the committee had yet to see any evidence that the Trump campaign worked with Russian officials.
Schiff blasted the comments, suggesting the chairman was prejudging the results of the probe. But King said the FBI director may feel restrained from revealing too much to protect investigations or to avoid tipping off potential targets. The lawmaker said he remained primarily concerned about leaks of USA surveillance of conversations between Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. “I have no idea where this hearing is going to end up at the end of the day”. “As it relates to the Russians, we are happy to investigate it because I think Putin is a bad actor on the world stage”. During that time, he has been a hero to Democrats, a villain to Republicans, a villain to Democrats, a hero to Republicans.
“For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses”, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said. “Next week could be different”.
Monday’s hearing features testimony from FBI Director James Comey, who has asked the Justice Department to publicly rebuke Trump’s claims against Obama.
Five different congressional committees are also conducting Russia-related inquiries.
“I would like the American people to walk away understanding that we were attacked”, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, told ABC News.
“I think people need to understand we are in a global war of ideas”, Schiff said.
Those in the Trump orbit: Democrats likely will raise questions about Russian links and could include, Quigley said, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former NSA chief Mike Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. For one thing, Nunes appeared to be following the White House playbook to shift attention away from wiretapping itself to leaks to journalists. But Schiff has said it is his “expectation” that Flynn will testify. “But the other issue out there is the unmasking of names, the leaking of names”. The Trump administration has also reiterated those denials.
Congressional investigators sofar date have been allowed to review material that supported the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election, hacking into Democratic computers and distributing the pirated contents through WikiLeaks, to benefit Trump and hurt Clinton.
‘There was no FISA warrant that I’m aware of to tap Trump Tower, ‘ the California Republican stated on Fox News Sunday.
“If Comey indicates that Trump or his associates were in contact with foreign figures who were under surveillance, there might not be much public reaction at first”, he said.
“There is evidence, however, that at least one crime was committed.”
It’s also unclear how much Comey and Rogers will be able to discuss in the open setting, leaving open the possibility that numerous answers to lawmakers’ more substantive questions will need to take place behind closed doors. “This is not going away until we find out whether these are coincidences or a convergence”.