Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says he has requested FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers to brief the committee in a closed session. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, says he has requested FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers to brief the committee in a closed session. He said he is hopeful the briefing will happen next Tuesday. Nunes also said Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has volunteered to speak with the Intelligence Committee. Nunes was criticized by colleagues on Wednesday for calling a news conference to announce that the communications of members of the team that ran Trump's transition to the presidency were swept up in incidental surveillance targeting foreigners. Democrats were upset that Nunes made the comments to the media and then briefed Trump in the White House without informing them. They questioned whether the intelligence panel could run a credible investigation. A Republican intelligence committee aide said on Thursday that Nunes had apologized to Democrats on the panel. The panel is conducting one of the main congressional investigations over allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election, including claims of ties between Trump's team and Moscow. Russia denies the allegations.