A congressional inquiry into Russian interference in last year's United States election has been thrown into disarray amid continued pressure on the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to step down from the investigation.
Asked about conflict with the House Intelligence Committee's ranking member Adam Schiff, Nunes said, "We're always concerned about this and we always want to keep the committee bipartisan but at the end of the day we're going to do an investigation with or without them".
On Monday, without identifying his source, Nunes acknowledged he obtained the information while on White House grounds, an admission Democrats said should force him to at least recuse himself from the committee probe tied to Russian Federation. The committee leaders said that they are happy that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have agreed to testify, but they have not yet decided when they will bring them in.
The same day she received the letter, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Devin Nunes canceled Yates' scheduled testimony. Nunes himself said that no one directed him to postpone the hearing. Nunes served on the Trump transition team.
Asked to follow up on questions from Monday about how Nunes was cleared to visit White House grounds and whom he met, Spicer said: "I don't have anything for you on that at this time".
This Tuesday, three top officials who had served under the Obama Administration were scheduled to testify before the House committee: Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General, John Brennan, former head of the C.I.A., and James Clapper, former director of national intelligence.
Spicer on Tuesday said the White House never sought to stop her.
Trump subsequently fired Yates after she told Justice Department lawyers not to defend his first executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Nunes has declined to reveal his White House source to members of his committee and said Tuesday that he doesn't plan to do so.
"Wouldn't have been the way I would've done things, but I don't know whether that means he has to recuse himself", Christie said on "Good Morning America" today. It's as if the Intelligence Committee is proceeding with a bifurcated process: one investigation from the panel, and another from the panel's chair.
He later admitted he was handed the documents at a mystery meeting in the White House grounds with an unnamed source.
Both Nunes and the White House have since then tried to distract attention from Comey's testimony by raising several peripheral issues, such as incidental collection, when the communications of innocent Americans is inadvertently swept up as the National Security Agency or other agencies legally spy on a foreign target.
He apologized to Democrats at a meeting last Thursday, also promising to release the same information to the rest of the committee members.