House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) asserted on Wednesday that House Democrats "aren't serious" about an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
But Nunes never scheduled Comey's and Rogers' reappearance before the committee - a committee spokesman said Tuesday that Nunes was still trying to set it up - and Democrats now question whether Nunes' maneuver was meant to kill momentum the committee had built after its first public session March 20.
Nunes told Bloomberg on Monday that he went to the White House because he didn't "have networked access to these kinds of reports in Congress".
The committee's work has been deeply, and perhaps irreparably, undermined by Nunes' apparent coordination with the White House. That could prove fatal to the bipartisan investigation, which has hinged on the ability of Mr. Nunes to conduct a neutral inquiry while maintaining the trust and cooperation of Mr. Schiff.
The statement came after The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration sought to block Yates' testimony before Congress, citing a Justice Department letter to Yates' attorney that said Yates' communications with the White House counsel "are likely covered by the presidential communications privilege". Spicer said he did not know anything about the meeting beyond what Nunes has said publically. "When you have a committee chairman that bypasses the committee and goes to the White House, when you have a president that has a cloud over their head, that's not smart".
Nunes, R-Calif., has been the subject of growing scrutiny over the past week since he announced that members of President Donald Trump's transition team were incidentally caught up in surveillance by the US intelligence community in November, December and January.
Nunes' committee is now investigating reports that Moscow attempted to sway the election in Trump's favor, as well as allegations that members of Trump's campaign may have conspired with the Kremlin to that end.
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Other members of the House Intelligence Committee have also called for Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is continuing to back Nunes.
Spicer added that "we're not going to create a deal for the sake of creating a deal that ends up not being in the best interests of the American people".
CNN has reached out to Nunes for comment on the meeting and has not yet received a response.
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Democrats have criticized Nunes, who served on Trump's transition team's executive committee, for his connection to the White House during the investigation.
"I think that we certainly had agreement today that the witnesses that we feel are appropriate, they won't stand in our way, and we feel the same way about witnesses they want to call", he said. On Monday, several Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for Nunes to step down as the head of the House Intelligence Committee.