The GOP chairman of a top committee in Congress on Saturday asked 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.
The recommendation to relieve Adm. Michael S. Rogers from his post as head of the National Security Agency was made to the White House last month by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to USA officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
"The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper Jr", The Washington Post reported citing multiple United States officials familiar with the case.
"In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to NY to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower", the Post said.
The White House, Pentagon and Office of Director of National Intelligence declined to comment on the matter.
The potential appointment of Rogers, who has headed the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command since 2014, could complicate Trump's desire for closer ties with Russian Federation.
But there have been other security lapses, the sources said, including the one that led to the arrest of NSA contractor Harold Martin earlier this year.
In his letter to Mr Clapper and Mr Carter, Mr Nunes - who is from Donald Trump's Republican Party - defended Mr Rogers, saying he has been "consistently impressed with his leadership and accomplishments".
Rogers is head of both the National Security Agency and the USA military's Cyber Command.
"Given the Committee's constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the Intelligence Community (IC), I am asking you to provide a full explanation of the allegations contained in the Post article", Nunes wrote.