Democrats try to sabotage Congressional investigation of Russian ties to US election
...I don't think the Democrats are serious about an investigation because they know there is little evidence to support their claims of Russian interference and they would rather have the issue than the facts.
"My understanding is that Devin [Nunes] or the general counsel for the Republican side prepared a letter to Director Comey and Director Rogers asking them to testify at a closed session, and that thus far, the Democrats have not signed it," King said.
"The purpose of the closed session is to start getting answers to many of the questions that Director Comey could not answer at the public hearing because of the ongoing investigation. To me, if Democrats want answers to their questions, this is one way to get them. So I'm surprised they're not agreeing to this right away," King added.
A Democratic committee aide replied by accusing Republicans of trying to eliminate the open hearing entirely.
"Republicans wanted to do the closed hearing in lieu of the open hearing — they were hoping to schedule it at the exact same time as the open hearing, even though all the witnesses [Brennan, Clapper and Yates] were prepared to testify," the aide said. "We would welcome hearing from Directors Comey and Rogers again — just not instead of the open hearing."
The delay in setting up the closed hearing also means that the testimony volunteered by four persons related to Trump campaign – Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Roger Stone, and son-in-law Jared Kushner – is on hold indefinitely, as the committee wants to have the closed session first.