House Intel Committee Asks John Brennan, James Tapper, Sally Yates To Testify Publicly On Trump/Russia

Business Insider reports:

The House Intelligence Committee announced on Friday that it had extended invitations to three former officials with knowledge of Russia’s interference in the US election to testify in an open hearing in May, over a month after the committee’s chairman first scrapped the session.

“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.

“The first letter was sent to FBI Director James Comey and National Security Advisor Admiral Mike Rogers, inviting them to appear at a closed hearing on May 2, 2017,” Hytha wrote. “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.”

More from Talking Points Memo:

Those officials were initially scheduled to come before the committee in March. But Nunes scrapped their appearances after going public with claims that he’d seen intelligence reports that showed information about President Donald Trump and his staffers was “incidentally collected,” and Nunes asserted that the identities of those persons were inappropriately unmasked in the reports.

Other lawmakers from both parties who later viewed the same reports said the documents showed no evidence of wrongdoing. At the time of the cancelations, Schiff charged that Nunes was trying to “choke off” public information about the Russia probe.

  • Lazycrockett

    Yates is the one I want to hear from. Let’s see how the WH tries to fuck this up again.

    • JWC

      I am sure Ryan and the Turtle are hard at it

  • Lazycrockett
    • The_Wretched

      Right in time for the friday news hide?

    • kcken

      Used to be 9 pages, now it’s only 3!

    • Boreal

      Don’t they need 60 votes to repeal the ACA?

    • Miji

      Well that doesn’t sound half-ass at all.

    • Rex

      Hope they realize that they could end up killing off a lot of their voters.

      • The_Wretched

        that just makes more room to have more forced pregnancies.

    • Cuberly

      ..and I’m sure they’ll have hearings and get more input on it’s impact. Right?

      JFC! The clandestine way the GOP is pulling this bs is astounding, not surprising but astounding.

    • Cuberly

      Today’s GOP. The protest shirt says it all.

  • kcken

    Uh oh. We’ll be bombing more countries during the testimony. Guaranteed.

    • KCMC

      Chilli bombs.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        ?? I thought Chaffetz had already gotten more enemas than anybody could imagine.

        • agcons

          There will never be enough as far as he’s concerned.

    • Rex

      Trump will throw the entire country under the bus to save himself.

      • The whole Trump presidency is going be marred by one disaster after another. His entire cabinet is practically a recruitment poster for ISIS. They are as happy for Trump to be president as Vlad is.

        Fortunately for the Donald, he inherits an America that is doing better than ever. Thanks to Obama, we have record unemployment numbers, record stock market highs, low gas prices, legalized gay marriage, low health insurance costs (mine is less than 100/month thanks to Obamacare), low car insurance costs (mine is just 25/month from Insurance Panda), low mortgage rates, high consumer confidence, legalized marijuana (almost), and more personal freedoms than ever before!

        Trump, on the other hand, picks another ignorant right wing fascist with mental health issues for his administration. We are in trouble, America!

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  • The_Wretched

    I’m sure I’ll be annoyed at what comes out. Happy it’s coming out but annoyed none the less. The public session are negotiated as to what will be disclosed between the republicans and democrats and intel communities. That means only the least common denominator comes out. It also means that everything we will find out has been known by that committee and likely the Gang of Eight for months.

  • JWC

    too bad its a close hearing if anyone has a right to know its the People of America, the one aggrieved party

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Why not Chris Steele –author of the dossier?

  • Rex

    I truly believe that the Trump/Russia connection is a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off. There is absolutely no doubt that Trump is indebted to Russia, and he’s going out of his way to cover it up. His refusal to show his taxes is reason enough to believe that he’s hiding something. This needs to be brought into the light and sooner rather than later before he does permanent damage to our country.

    • another_steve

      The question is… how? How does it get brought to light. I can’t imagine the Republicans controlling these congressional hearings allowing the truth to be brought to light. Why would they? It could damage their party for decades to come.

      We need two things:

      (1) Good investigative reporting à la Watergate; and

      (2) Disgruntled career civil servants with access to the goods to leak them to either congressional Democrats or the media.

  • Ninja0980

    War with Iran, coming right up!

    • billbear1961

      Yes, looks like they’re next on the list!

  • BobSF_94117

    This is all distraction. We need an independent prosecutor.

    • pj


  • LovesIrony

    nunez obstructed justice, fucking charge him already

    • billbear1961


  • SoCalGal20

    Well, it’s a start provided the public hearing actually happens.

  • Taylor

    I’m guessing we should be watching from our bomb shelters in case the President does a pre-emptive strike, to distract!

  • Ninja0980
    The deflection tactic folks on the right are using to justify the disrespect shown yesterday.
    I was only a baby during the AIDS crisis but I know it’s history and I know many of you lived through it.
    That bastard’s portrait getting flipped off was the least it deserved.

    • Max_1

      So Palin and her two shit laced pants associates are LGBT activists, too???

      BTW, they never flipped off Nancy… Just her Husband.

      • Snarkaholic

        They knew that Nancy was watching them in her crystal ball.

    • ByronK

      I replied to a Trumpette on their site and pointed out that the difference is Clinton didn’t cause an untold number of rednecks deaths by ignoring a health crisis. That site has turned into Breitbart Lite.

  • another_steve

    I remain skeptical that the Republican-controlled House and Senate committees looking into Russiagate will conduct a fair and open investigation.

    Why should we trust the monstrous Republican Party to allow that?


    • KCMC
    • JWC

      I am quite sure Ryan and the Turtle are cooking shit as we speak

      • Jamie_Johnson

        Which reminds me of another rumor going around: the FBI has Ryan and McConnell on tape discussing how to launder money through Senate and House campaigns.

        • The_Wretched

          That would be nice.

        • JWC

          All of this has to be substantiated and then exposed Wht these idiots do this shit “on Tape’

        • “launder?” from what criminal enterprise does this money come, would be my question. i mean, campaigns are like the very best way to waste money and no one would notice. so i can see it. but why do two rich white doods in office have to launder money?

          anyone who has links i’d be happy to read about this more.

          • Jamie_Johnson

            I don’t know/haven’t seen any links on this, although I did see it mentioned on Kos in the comment threads. Where I heard about it was from a friend who lives in DC and works for an organization located in suburban Virginia (wealthy white republicans… goes without saying) where he heard this conjecture, so take it with a barrel of salt… but it is delicious and entirely plausible.

          • JWC

            Turtle might need some advice on laundering from dealings he has had with his father in law

        • pj


  • Ninja0980
    Does this piece of shit realize Catilyn Jenner has already taken the asshole homocon of the week award?

    • The_Wretched

      Shutdowns are not “meh” and it’s the repugs with all the power. I don’t think Dems will fall for it Benson.

      • billbear1961

        A party with MAJORITY control shouldn’t NEED the minority party’s help to avoid a shutdown!

        If they DO, it’s because the incompetent BOOBS can’t marshal their own troops!

  • Max_1
  • JWC

    Trump may be the big fish to catch,but Sessions, Pence, Ryan ,the Turtle ,Price Tillerson ,Kushner, all knew what was going on and said nothing, in many cases openly lied , which is a cover up and equally quilty If allowed its full reign it should gut the GOP

    • Silver Badger

      They all must go. I recommend banishment to an island somewhere cold.

      • JWC

        30 DAYS underware only in public “stocks” let them know thwe public wrath then lengthy prison sentences

      • DaddyRay

        GITMO works too

        • Max_1

          Can we waterboard them first???

          • Silver Badger

            Repeatedly for purposes of verification.

          • pick me! pick me! i’m very creative and there’s more than just water and boards out there.

        • JWC

          out of site out of mind

        • Silver Badger

          Yes, yes it does. Do you suppose they have really good airconditioning?

          • DaddyRay

            I would rather turn up the heat – get them ready for Hell

          • Silver Badger

            That works.

        • popebuck1

          Especially since they’ve been thoughtful enough to keep it open all these years.

      • ChrisMorley

        Giant iceberg, 5,000 square kilometers, set to calve from Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica
        Handily, it will all eventually melt away.

      • ByronK

        For Sessions, I recommend an island in the Pacific – Bikini Atoll.

      • TampaDink

        Perhaps some small island in the Pacific….without any federal judges.

      • KnownDonorDad

        I’m sure Russia has some suitable ones.

  • Max_1
  • Adam King

    What are popcorn futures going for these days?

    • Snarkaholic

      And Mad Dog futures?

  • billbear1961
  • bkmn

    Trumplethinskin won’t be happy about this.

    • billbear1961

      The manufacturer of FALSE evidence, Nunes, will have given them practically two months to prepare for this.

      The deliberate OBSTRUCTION, coordinated with the White House, is OUTRAGEOUS.

      What has been DONE about it?

      Not a goddamned THING!!

    • Halou

      Why do you think he is blowing the horn about Assange?

  • Halou

    I have my doubts.
    Remembering the behavior of the Republicans in the previous House Committee hearings, not just Nunes but the rest of them trying to turn it into an investigation into phone tapping at Trump Tower.

    Are these people being extended invites to speak before the Senate Committee hearing?

    • billbear1961

      Yes, I thought Yates was going to talk in the Senate!

    • billbear1961

      But it didn’t work for them!

      Comey’s testimony was a disaster for the Regime.

      That’s why they made sure, with collaboration from Nunes, that Yates did NOT testify soon afterwards!

    • billbear1961

      If Yates HAD testified soon after Comey, it might have blown the Regime OUT of the water.

      They had to stop or delay her testimony at all costs; the Nunes escapade followed!

      The bastards GOT what they wanted and with no SERIOUS blowback, because this republic has no truly ARDENT defenders.

    • billbear1961

      “Escapade” not “escaped.”

  • worstcultever

    I have a sorta crush on Sally Yates. She seems to radiate intelligence and integrity, not to mention a look that says “sorry, bigger things on my mind today than lipstick.” Rrrrowrrr! *swoon*

    Hope she’s got some REAL thrills coming for me!

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  • Mark

    How about they testify in COURT!

  • JCF