Nunes said that the surveillance was legal and occurred only "incidentally", meaning that Trump was recorded while speaking to someone who was targeted by the surveillance warrant. Trump and his aides have accused former officials of inappropriately disclosing or "unmasking" the names of Trump associates whose conversations were picked up by USA intelligences agencies. Both sets of filings were made public as part of a White House release of financial disclosures of 180 White House officials.
Michael Flynn, the retired Army general whom U.S. President Donald Trump ousted as his national security adviser, has amended his financial disclosure statement, revealing his ties with Russian Federation.
House and Senate committees and the FBI are investigating allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians known to U.S. intelligence to influence the USA election.
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, admitted that he received fees from Russian companies but failed to specify the payments in declarations filed before his February 13 resignation over discrepancies about his relationship with Russia.
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House investigators have big questions to figure out - like whether Comey will agree to come back to the committee and whether they can reschedule Yates after her own delving into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation were reported last week.
"The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?" The speeches were not included in a form that he signed electronically on Feb 11, which the White House also released last Saturday. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the panels need to review the raw intelligence and other evidence before deciding whether the investigations can benefit from Flynn's testimony.
"That's not asking for immunity", Nunes said, when read the statement from Flynn's lawyer by a CNN reporter.
What Trump and his associates are doing is pursuing a strategy of muddying the waters as they try to get out from under a decidedly ill-advised tweet from the President.
Trump has repeatedly used Twitter to attack reports on Russian election meddling as "fake news" and "witch hunts" and denounce leakers of classified information on the issue. However, the fact checking site says most of those donations occurred well before Clinton became secretary of state and was in position to have a say in the agreement.