National security roundup: More trouble for Nunes, highlights from Senate Intel Committee hearing and whether General Flynn should get immunity for testimony

Mar 31, 2017

Devin Nunes Under Pressure To Resign From House Intelligence Committee

House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) (C) leaves the U.S. Capitol after a series of votes March 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes continues to be in the spotlight after the New York Times reported Thursday that two White House officials shared intelligence reports with the California Congressman, who then shared them with President Trump, showing that Mr. Trump and some people close to his campaign were inadvertently part of foreign surveillance by U.S. spy agencies.

Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s potential meddling in the U.S.’s 2016 presidential election also made news when it was revealed that both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign were both targeted by Russian cyber attackers during the 2016 campaign.

Finally, former National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn says he’ll answer questions from Congressional investigators on the Russia probe, but only in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Flynn resigned from his post in the Trump administration last month after not being entirely truthful with Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about how much contact he’d had with Russian officials. The investigators are holding off on making any deal with Flynn until they are farther along in their investigation.


Phil Ewing, national security editor at NPR. He tweets @philewing

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