Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says the calls by Democrats for an investigation of House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes are "ridiculous". Nunes told reporters, rebuffing Democrats. Nunes later admitted having received the documents during a surreptitious visit to a White House "safe" room last week.
Underscoring the fallout, a committee letter inviting Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to testify was held up because Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's senior Democrat, withheld his signature in hopes of forcing the committee's GOP leadership to hold an open hearing with former Obama officials.
Yates reportedly warned the White House that former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have been compromised by Russian interests. He reportedly took information related to Trump's unproven wiretapping claim to the White House without telling anyone on the committee.
Nunes, R-Calif., has been the subject of growing scrutiny over the past week since he announced that members of President Donald Trump's transition team were incidentally caught up in surveillance by the US intelligence community in November, December and January.
Democrats see the surveillance accusations, which Nunes said were based on unspecified intelligence reports, as a distraction from the probe into possible Russian influence on last year's election in Trump's favour that has cast a shadow over the president's first two months in office. As someone said today, "Devan Nunes reports to the president" - which is kind of an astounding thing to say about a congressman - that they serve the president.
Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has discussed with congressional committees giving testimony in their investigations of potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, his lawyer says.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is continuing to back Nunes.
Tillerson meets China's Xi, says Trump hopes to meet 'soon': State Dept.
The two, however, did not directly exchange ideas on North Korea, Reuters said, amid rising military provocations from Pyongyang. Tourism, transport business and cultural exchanges between China and South Korea have all reportedly suffered since the spat.
Yates served as acting attorney general in the early days of the Trump administration until she was sacked for refusing to implement President Donald Trump's order barring travelers form seven Muslim-majority countries.
"I'd like to know first what the objective of that would be", Nunes told a reporter who asked if he planned to recuse himself from probes involving Russian Federation or Trump.
"You've got to know when to walk away from a deal that is going to end up bad", he continued.
After Trump made unfounded claims that President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped, Nunes said that intelligence agencies had incidentally collected information about the Trump team's communications as part of their surveillance of foreign agents.
"This investigation is on life support", said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who is also on the Intelligence Committee and wants Nunes to recuse himself.
Burr and Warner say they have 20 witnesses they plan to interview and have scheduled interviews with five of them so far.