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Reuters: House intelligence panel chair cancels public session on Russia

Reuters: House intelligence panel chair cancels public session on Russia

24 March 2017 | 20:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington D.C. The head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee canceled a planned public hearing in its probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, saying the panel needed to hear from directors of the FBI and the National Security Agency in a closed session instead, Reuters reported.
The announcement on Friday by Republican Representative Devin Nunes was immediately criticized by the top Democrat on the panel, Adam Schiff, who said the cancellation was a serious mistake.
"The committee seeks additional information ... that can only be addressed in closed session," Nunes told reporters.
He said the committee hoped to have a closed session on Tuesday with FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers.
“That was not in our view in the public interest and we resisted that,” Schiff told reporters. “We strongly objected to the cancellation of this hearing.”
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VOA: Key US Officials to Testify about Trump's Wiretap Claim

VOA: Key US Officials to Testify about Trump's Wiretap Claim

19 March 2017 | 20:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington D.C. Two key U.S. officials are set to testify publicly about whether there is any truth behind the explosive, but unsubstantiated claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in the weeks before last year's presidential election.
Both James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country's top law enforcement agency, and the National Security Agency chief, Admiral Michael Rogers, would likely have known about the eavesdropping if it occurred. They are appearing Monday before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee to answer lawmakers' questions.
For two weeks, Trump has refused to back down on his allegation even as a string of officials, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have said there is no evidence to support Trump's March 4 wiretapping claims he made in a string of Twitter comments.
Neither Rogers nor Comey have spoken publicly about the president's allegation.
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