House intelligence panel leaders split over session on Russia

House intelligence panel leaders split over session on RussiaBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election deepened on Friday, when the committee’s top Democrat suggested its Republican chairman canceled a public hearing after pressure from the White House. Panel chairman Devin Nunes said he had to cancel next Tuesday’s hearing with officials from former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration in order to have a classified briefing with the directors of the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. “The committee seeks additional information … that can only be addressed in closed session,” Representative Nunes told reporters.



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