House Intel chair calls Russian Federation investigation "witch hunt" and "McCarthyism"
- Author: Jack Replman Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:34
"The White House has been very critical of a lot of you". "That story was a little odd, I thought", he said.
Critics say that there are some differences between the election leaks and the leaks by the intelligence community. One House Democrat has had enough of all the speculation and allegations, and seeks to get to the bottom of it all - except that Republicans are trying to block investigations into Trump's Russian Federation ties.
Trump also visited Russian Federation in 2013 and spoke to Putin in Moscow in 2014, which I guess is not technically "calling", but counts for the purposes of the question at hand.
"That didn't happen", he said. Nunes replied by turning the question around, "If the White House asked me to talk to you would you think that that would be okay or not okay?"
Nunes said his committee had folded the investigation of the allegations of contact with Russian Federation and of the leaks into a year-old investigation into "the Russian Federation problem".
The Intelligence Committee is investigating Russian attempts to influence the USA presidential election, as well as potential communications between Trump's associates and Russian intelligence officials.
In fairness to Nunes, he did not reach any conclusions either; he said that "as of right now" he is unaware of any evidence of contacts and clarified that such evidence might still exist. "We need to know if anyone in the Trump campaign had any direct conversations with someone from Russia", Durbin said.
"At this point, here at the committee, we still don't have any evidence of them talking to Russians", Nunes said.
It was not clear whether Trump meant the Russian government, Russian business contacts, or other Russian individuals.
One reporter asked Nunes whether he has been directly informed by federal investigators that there is no evidence of improper phone calls or whether the evidence has just not yet been turned over to his committee.
"And that's what I'm concerned about here, that we don't go on some witch hunt against American citizens just because they appear in a press story somewhere", he added.
He also said he is interested in tracking down who "unmasked" former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was ousted from his position after he misled Vice President Mike Pence on his own communications with Russia's ambassador during the transition. When it emerged that Flynn had lied to the press and the vice president about that discussion, he was forced to resign.
Mr. Putin and many of those around him are hard-edged autocrats, and there will be no easy way to put U.S.
"I don't know that that's what was said, but if that was said, I don't know what the problem would be with that", Nunes said.
"The Logan Acts are ridiculous".
While it's important to get fellow House Dems to co-sponsor H.R. 111 before Tuesday's vote, the folks you really want to call are the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee.
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