Top US officials to testify in Trump-Russia probe reboot

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After stalling over the committee chairman's ties to President Donald Trump's White House and disagreements over who should testify, the bipartisan committee said it sent a letter inviting James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to appear behind closed doors on May 2.

So, it appears the intelligence committee has recommitted itself to the Russiagate investigation, which stuttered after Nunes recused himself amid his own ethics violations related to the case.

The latter hearing was the most contentious for Republicans and Democrats on the committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a Californian who is the senior Democrat on the panel, had said he hoped for a "fresh start for the committee" with Conaway leading the investigation.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence submitted a letter Thursday asking FBI Director James Comey to testify in closed session on May 2. "Back on track", he tweeted Friday.

In his final weeks leading the Russian Federation investigation - he remains the chairman of the committee on all other matters - Nunes raised questions about the handling of classified materials by members of the Obama administration, saying he had seen classified documents that showed that the identities of Trump campaign figures had been improperly revealed.

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Nunes was a supporter of Trump's campaign and a member of his transition team.

Rather than share the information with other committee members, the California Republican held a press conference and then returned to the White House to brief Trump. In the ensuing days, Trump administration officials accused Russia of failing to uphold its end of an agreement to strip Syria of its chemical weapons stores and said Russian officials were attempting to cover up Syria's responsibility for the chemical attack.

At this point they are a long way from scheduling interviews or hearings with any principal witnesses from either the Obama or Trump administrations, the official said.

Nunes withdrew from the committee's broad investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as he faced a series of ethics complaints charging that he revealed classified information without authorization.

The House panel is examining whether Russian Federation tried to influence the election in Trump's favor, mostly by hacking Democratic operatives' emails and releasing embarrassing information, or possibly by colluding with Trump associates. When Yates made clear she still planned to testify, Blink 182 fan Devin Nunes canceled her scheduled hearing.

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