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House Russia Probe Back on Track as Delayed Hearings Are Rescheduled

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    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Thursday he would temporarily remove himself from his panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, amid growing concerns over his independence and a new House Ethics Committee probe into his handling of it. NBC News’ Blayne Alexander reports.

    (Published Thursday, April 6, 2017)

    The House intelligence committee's investigation into Russian election meddling will once again hear from current and former top law enforcement and intelligence officials, the committee announced Friday. 

    It requested FBI Director James Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, to appear at a closed hearing on Tuesday. Additionally, it said it also has asked former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to appear at an open hearing also scheduled for Tuesday.

    Dems Call for Nunes to Step Down From Russia Probe

    [NATL] Dems Call for Nunes to Step Down From Russia Probe

    Calls are growing for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the committee's investigation into Russia after he met with an anonymous source at the White House to review intelligence documents. Nunes is facing criticism for revealing the results of another investigation to President Donald Trump and the press before discussing it with the committee. 

    (Published Tuesday, March 28, 2017)

    The investigation is under new leadership after committee chairman Devin Nunes stepped aside under an ethics cloud that revolved in part around a previously scheduled meeting with Brennan, Clapper and Yates.

    That hearing would have been the first opportunity for the public to hear Yates' account of her role in the firing of Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. But it was canceled.

    Yates alerted the White House in January that Flynn had been misleading in his account of a December phone call with the Russian ambassador to the United States in which economic sanctions against Russia were discussed. Flynn was ousted after those discrepancies were made public.

    Yates was fired in January as acting attorney general after she refused to defend the Trump administration's first travel ban.

    House Intel Chairman Criticized for Meeting Source at WH

    [NATL] House Intel Chairman Criticized for Meeting Source at WH

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes faced criticism from Democratic lawmakers after he was found to have met an unnamed source a day before he told President Trump and the press that Trump Tower may have gotten caught up in United States surveillance efforts during the transition period. 

    (Published Monday, March 27, 2017)

    An attorney for Yates alleged that the Justice Department was guidance on what Yates could say about conversations she had with Trump — conversations the department indicated could be covered by executive privilege, then deferred to the White House, according to published correspondance.

    The White House said it never sought to stop her from testifying.