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FBI, NSA call for further testimony on Trump-Russia investigation

22 April 2017

In addition, the committee asked three former officials from President Barack Obama's administration - CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates - to testify publicly at an unspecified later date.

Two watchdog groups, Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether Nunes disclosed classified information from intelligence reports. During that hearing Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating alleged ties between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Rep. Mike Conaway replaced Nunes on the committee.

The House Intelligence Committee is stepping up its probe into Russian interference in last year's USA election, seeking testimony from five key witnesses including FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers. Nunes was an early backer of Trump during the campaign and served on his transition team.

The House Intelligence Committee announced Friday it is re-scheduling its previously scrubbed public hearing at which members of Obama's administration had been set to talk about Russia's meddling in the presidential election.

In his final weeks leading the Russian Federation investigation - he remains the chairman of the committee on all other matters - Nunes raised questions about the handling of classified materials by members of the Obama administration, saying he had seen classified documents that showed that the identities of Trump campaign figures had been improperly revealed.

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Comey and Rogers testified in an open hearing late last month. Since this will be a public hearing, Yates may well have to "no comment" a bunch of questions, or defy the White House like she did back in January.

Nunes withdrew from the committee's broad investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as he faced a series of ethics complaints charging that he revealed classified information without authorization.

But partisan differences persist: Democrats want to focus on the finding of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the election to help Donald Trump win, while some Republicans agree with Trump that the real issue is whether Obama's administration spied on Trump's campaign and leaked what they found.

Both the Kremlin and the Trump administration insist there is "no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion".

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting a separate, similar investigation.

FBI, NSA call for further testimony on Trump-Russia investigation