House Intel Committee Will Resume Hearings On Russian Active Measures

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Both have been asked to testify in a closed hearing on May 2, according to a statement Friday from the panel.

In late March, the committee cancelled a second public hearing on Russia's interference and Schiff suggested that it had something to do with former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates' scheduled testimony before the panel. The committee also said it sent a letter Thursday to FBI Director James Comey and National Security Adviser Admiral Mike Rogers to testify at a closed hearing on May 2.

The planned hearings are the first the committee has announced since its chairman, Republican Representative Devin Nunes, recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation on April 6 after receiving information at the White House about surveillance that swept up some information about members of Trump's transition team.

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Comey already delivered explosive public testimony to the House committee in March, when he confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether there was collaboration between Trump's associates and Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.

Two watchdog groups, Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether Nunes disclosed classified information from intelligence reports.

Ramping up their Congressional investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, lawmakers have invited directors of the FBI and National Security Agency to testify again, in addition to expressing a desire to hear from the Obama administration's top intelligence officials. Since this will be a public hearing, Yates may well have to "no comment" a bunch of questions, or defy the White House like she did back in January. He also testified that there's no evidence to support the president's allegation that Obama "wiretapped" Trump Tower past year.

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The FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation exploring how Russian Federation covertly sought to influence the American presidential election on Trump's behalf.

He came under criticism for his handling of classified material, obtained from White House officials, that he said showed Obama administration officials "unmasked" the identities of people close to Trump who were mentioned in legal surveillance of foreign individuals. This after The New York Times reported Nunez was provided his hot intel by the Trump administration, in order to provide cover to Trump, who has accused former President Barack Obama of ordering his Trump Tower office wiretapped during the election cycle.

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