Schiff: Nunes Has Left Intel Committee 'In The Dark' On Trump Claims

"I'm going to do everything I can to get this back on track".

Nunes also said Friday that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort´s lawyers told the committee that he is volunteering to be interviewed, and that the panel would work with his lawyers to decide whether the interview would be open or closed to the public.

However, Nunes on Wednesday had left an impression - widely repeated in the news media - that the conversations of Trump and his aides were picked up by American spies.

That's been obvious since Wednesday, when Nunes announced that he'd become privy to documents that showed that Trump and his associates had been the subject of what is known in counterintelligence as "incidental collection" - a term employed to describe Americans whose names turn up in the communications of foreigners being monitored by US intelligence agencies.

"I don't think he's shared it with anyone on the committee, and so we're all quite in the dark on this", he said.

McCain, who called for a select committee to investigate the meddling, pointed out that the Russians are trying to influence the French election, which has its first round of voting next month.

Nunes went to the building because he needed a secure area to view the information, he told CNN. When they will now appear before the committee is not known, a committee spokesman said.

Lawmakers are looking ahead to a second week with nothing on their public calendar following a decision by the Republican chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, to cancel an open hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday with former national security leaders from the Obama administration. In a statement, a spokesman for Nunes said he is "extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of USA citizens".

But Nunes defended his move as necessary to let Comey and Rogers answer questions that they'd declined to respond to in public on Monday. Among them, any details of investigations ordered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the names of anyone allegedly linked to the case, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who served in the Trump administration for 24 days before he was sacked for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador.

In our minds, the cloud produced by this dustup raises enough of a question about the ability of Congress to conduct a proper investigation to warrant something more. It is highly unusual for a committee chairman and ranking member not to coordinate meetings related to an investigation.

Earlier this week Nunes drew skepticism when he revealed to the press and the White House that he had new information from secret sources suggesting the Obama administration had collected surveillance on members of the Trump transition team and possibly Trump himself in the course of the investigation of Russian Federation.

According to Cotton, the investigation in the Senate has made significant progress.

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