US House committee sets more hearings in Trump-Russia probe


Top law enforcement and intelligence officials are expected to testify next week on Capitol Hill about Russian activities to influence the US presidential election.

The committee has also invited FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to return before the committee to testify in a closed setting. "The second letter was sent to former CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates inviting them to appear at an open hearing to be scheduled after May 2nd".

Comey and Rogers testified in an open hearing late last month.

The House panel is examining whether Russian Federation tried to influence the election in Trump's favor, mostly by hacking Democratic operatives' emails and releasing embarrassing information, or possibly by colluding with Trump associates.

"Yesterday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent two letters related to its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign", Emily Hytha, a spokesperson for Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, wrote on Friday.

An attorney for Yates alleged that the Justice Department was guidance on what Yates could say about conversations she had with Trump - conversations the department indicated could be covered by executive privilege, then deferred to the White House, according to published correspondance.

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The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday asked several senior Obama administration officials, including former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly in the panel's probe into Russian interference in the US election.

A highly anticipated open hearing in the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russia's campaign influence operation - once canceled by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) - is back on.

Nunes' decision to step back from the Russian Federation probe came as the House Ethics Committee confirmed it was looking into allegations that Nunes "may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information".

The top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff of California, had demanded Nunes step aside from the investigation, saying Nunes had compromised the integrity of the committee's work.

The break in the impasse comes a couple weeks after Nunes recused himself from the committee's Russian Federation investigation.