"If the president puts Russian dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday at his daily press briefing.
Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting separate investigations on any possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, while FBI Director James Comey said his agency is leading its own inquiry into the matter.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade praised House Intelligence Committee Chairman - and former Trump transition team member - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his "unflappable" calm in the face of accusations that he has irreparably compromised the House investigation and calls for him to step down.
As acting attorney general, Yates played a key part in the investigation surrounding Flynn, who was ousted after revelations that he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States. The Senate intelligence committee is doing its own investigation, and since late July the FBI has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
Nunes, R. Calif, himself remains defiant.
"You see the unraveling of this committee happening overnight for no good reason", said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a committee member.
The White House was quick to deny the allegation.
Nunes announced last week without providing a source that he had information Trump associates may have been ensnared in incidental intelligence collection before the president took office in January.
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Nor would he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting.
Yates was sacked in January as acting attorney general after she refused to defend the Trump administration's first travel ban.
In them, O'Neil pushes back against what he says is Justice Department guidance on what Yates could say about conversations she had with Trump - conversations the department indicated could be covered by executive privilege.
Yates and Brennan had made clear to government officials by Thursday that their testimony to the committee would probably contradict some statements that White House officials had made, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Democrats charge that Nunes has aligned himself too closely with the White House to conduct an independent probe.
Spicer on Tuesday said the White House never sought to stop her.
There also were demands he be bounced as chairman after he revealed he visited the White House grounds last week to review intelligence documents from a source and then relayed that information to Trump. Spicer discussed the Supreme Court nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch, jobs, healthcare, and other topics.