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House Intel Committee Will Resume Hearings On Russian Active Measures

The House Intelligence Committee is resuming hearings for its investigation into Russian active measures during the presidential campaign.

The hearings were initially scheduled to be held late last month but were canceled by committee chairman Devin Nunes at the last minute for reasons that are still unclear.

Since then, Nunes, a California Republican, has recused himself from the investigation, which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government as well as leaks about the leaking of classified information about Trump advisers.

With the investigation now under the control of Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, the committee sent letters this week to FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers inviting them to appear at a closed hearing on May 2.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates were also invited to appear at an open hearing after May 2.

The latter hearing was the most contentious for Republicans and Democrats on the committee. Democrats, led by California Rep. Adam Schiff, wanted Brennan, Clapper and Yates to testify in order to shoot down Republican claims that the Obama administration conducted surveillance of the Trump team prior to the election.

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Yates, who was fired by Trump in late January for refusing to comply with an executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries, claimed that the Trump administration was trying to block her from testifying about the investigation into links between the Kremlin and Trump campaign. (RELATED: Spicer Denies White House Blocked Testimony Of Sally Yates)

Nunes and the White House strongly denied that the initial hearing was canceled in order to muzzle Yates.

“I hope she testifies. I look forward to it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing last month.

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