The Latest: Rice agrees to interview with House committee
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional investigations into Russian interference in U.S. elections (all times local):
President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, will be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee next month.
President Donald Trump has criticized Rice and alleged that she may have committed a crime when she asked government analysts to disclose the name of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports.
Rice has denied that she did anything inappropriate, as she was authorized as Obama’s national security adviser to seek identities of people whose names were redacted from intelligence reports.
Rice spokeswoman Erin Pelton says Rice is cooperating with House and Senate intelligence committees, as she had said she would.
The House Intelligence committee is threatening a subpoena if the White House doesn’t clarify whether there are any recordings or documents from President Donald Trump’s meetings with fired FBI Director James Comey.
The panel had set a June 23 deadline for the White House to respond. The day before, Trump tweeted that he “did not make, and do not have, any such recordings” but also said he has “no idea” if tapes or recordings exist.
The Thursday letter from GOP Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, who is leading the Russia probe, and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Trump’s tweet “stops short of clarifying” whether the White House has any tapes or documents. They say they would consider using “compulsory process” if the White House doesn’t respond.
Democrats on two House committees are asking the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated his recusal from the Russia probe by taking part in the May firing of FBI Director James Comey.
House Oversight and Judiciary Committee Democrats urged Inspector General Michael Horowitz Thursday to examine what they called “a lapse in judgment.”
Sessions insisted in an appearance earlier this month before the Senate intelligence committee that he had not violated his decision in March to recuse himself from any investigation related to inquiries involving President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. During his testimony, Sessions said it would be “absurd” to suggest a recusal from a single investigation would render him unable to manage leadership of the FBI.