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The New Yorker: There's Evidence of Collusion Between Nunes, White House

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 01:00 PM

The New Yorker has presented what it perceives as increasing evidence House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes colluded with the White House to stop the investigation into Russian interference into last year's U.S. election.

The attempt to derail the probe followed last week's hearing in which FBI Director James Comey gave damaging testimony for President Donald Trump, stating the agency has been investigating possible collusion between his election campaign and Russia since last July, and there was no evidence to support Trump's tweets about being wiretapped, according to The New Yorker.

Both Nunes and the White House have since then tried to distract attention from Comey's testimony by raising several peripheral issues, such as incidental collection, when the communications of innocent Americans is inadvertently swept up as the National Security Agency or other agencies legally spy on a foreign target.

The crux of the evidence of collusion was, before the hearing, a senior White House official told a New Yorker reporter to pay special attention to the issue of incidental intelligence collection and to watch how Nunes presses the issue to show how "it's not just incidental, it's systematic."

According to The New Yorker, the fact Nunes indeed did this, using it as a fig leaf for Trump's allegations against former President Barack Obama about wiretapping him, and the official knew about it before it happened, demonstrates the strategy and information has been coordinated between Nunes and the White House ahead of time.

This comes in addition to a report in The Washington Post that The Trump administration sought to block former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying in the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials.

The White House has denied those claims.

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The New Yorker has presented what it perceives as increasing evidence House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes colluded with the White House to stop the investigation into Russian interference into last year's U.S. election.
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