FROM Eric Geller
House intel chair Devin Nunes rejects calls for him to step down Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates -- a holdover from the Obama Administration -- was prevented from testifying when House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes cancelled a public hearing scheduled for today. But President Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied a Washington Post report that the White House was trying to keep her quiet. Meanwhile, Nunes has refused Democrats' call for him to recuse himself from the investigation. Cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller is following developments for Politico .
More political jockeying over the Russian probe Tuesday's public hearing by the House Intelligence Committee has been cancelled by Republican Chairman Devin Nunes. Obama intelligence officials had been scheduled to testify. When asked about including new witnesses, Nunes replied, "We're not going to get into a neo-McCarthyism Era here, where we just start bringing in Americans because they were mentioned in a press story, and I'm concerned about that." But Nunes' Democratic counterpart, Ranking Member Adam Schiff, offered a very different perspective. "We really need an independent commission here because the public at the end of the day needs to have confidence that someone has done a thorough investigation untainted by political consideration." Eric Geller, a cyber-security reporter, is following this story for Politico .
Political drama intensifies on Capitol Hill Director James Comey told Congress today the FBI is investigating claims that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia – and firmly denied the President's accusation that Barack Obama wire-tapped him before the election. "I have no information that supports those tweets." Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee pressed hard on finding the source of intelligence leaks to the news media. We hear more about today's action and what it could mean for both Republicans and Democrats.
Will the GOP weather the storm with Trump or jump ship? Breitbart news claims that the GOP "establishment" has it's knives out" for President Trump, but Republicans in Congress are mostly supportive… at least in public. We look at whether that's likely to last.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.