GOP lawmaker asks officials to answer questions on NSA chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP chairman of a top committee in Congress is asking the nation’s intelligence chief and defense secretary to appear and answer questions about reports that they recommended the ouster of the director of the National Security Agency.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California said late Saturday that he sent a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and National Intelligence Director James Clapper asking them to appear before his committee to “discuss the veracity of press reports” they recommended the removal of Adm. Mike Rogers, who oversees NSA and the new U.S. Cyber Command.

Nunes referred to a report in The Washington Post, saying that Carter and Clapper wrote a letter to President Barack Obama last month recommending Rogers’ removal. Their reasons for recommending Rogers’ dismissal were unclear.