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House Intel Cmte. Hauling FBI For Closed Briefing On Russia Investigation

March 24, 2017

On Friday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes held a brief press conference and said that the House Intelligence Committee is requesting a closed briefing on the Russia investigation with FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers. Before the conference, Nunes said he would “have a lot to announce today.”

Friday was the deadline for the FBI and the NSA to provide information about the “incidental collection” of information on the Trump transition team that Nunes announced during a press conference on Wednesday.

Nunes said that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence would be postponing the March 28 open hearing and requested FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers to appear in a closed session to discuss the sensitive information regarding Russia and the incidental collection of the Trump transition team.

The House Intel Committee Chairman added that the NSA is “fully cooperating” with the Russia inquiry and that it’s “possible” that they could provide the requested documents by today.

Rep. Nunes said that the closed briefing has nothing to do with the documents he has seen, there are just questions that the committee has for the two directors.

Nunes also said that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign manager, volunteered to be interviewed by the committee. It is not clear whether or not it will be in an open or closed session.

When discussing the “incidental collection” of information on the Trump transition team that was discussed during Wednesday’s press conference, Nunes said “it looks like it was all legal surveillance,” but until he receives all of the requested documents he will not know for sure.

“There’s politics on both sides of this, and I’m trying to navigate as best as I can,” Nunes said, speaking of the Russian investigation.