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Apr 11 2017
Clearly exhausted with the investigation into a Russian connection, the White house was also tired of answering questions on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.
The latest incident came Tuesday after the chairman cancelled a hearing that was supposed to include testimony from the former acting Attorney General Sally Yates who President Trump fired.
In them, O'Neil pushes back against what he says is Justice Department guidance on what Yates could say about conversations she had with Trump - conversations the department indicated could be covered by executive privilege.
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The canceled hearing would have been the first opportunity for the public to hear Yates' account of her role in the firing of Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. At the same time, the White House announced he'll helm a new task force on government efficiency. Ken Wainstein, a lawyer for Brennan, declined to comment.
A White House spokesperson called the story "entirely false".
"I hope she testifies". "As far as I know they've done very little to even look through the documents that the intelligence agencies have provided", Nunes said. "We have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple", he said. He described the source as an intelligence official, not a White House official.
The Justice Department notified Yates this month that the Administration considers her possible testimony to be off-limits in a congressional hearing. The correspondence was later shared with the Intelligence Committee. O'Neil challenged that interpretation as "overbroad" in the letter. "In particular, we believe that Ms. Yates should not be obligated to refuse to provide non-classified facts about the department's notification to the White House of concerns about the conduct of a senior official".
A majority of the Democrats seems not content with the closeness of Nunes to the White House.
However, an attorney for Yates, David O'Neil says that the Justice Department had stated that Yates's official communications on matters of interest would not be revealed without written approval. Therefore, to the extent Ms. Yates needs consent to disclose the details of those communications to [the intelligence panel], she needs to consult with the White House.
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