House Intelligence Chairman Called to Recuse Himself
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is under attack for his recent behavior and acts regarding the information he said he has showing that President Trump had been incidentally spied on by the government, according to Matt Hoffman (Buzz60). A top aide confirmed that Nunes met secretly at the White House complex with the source of documents detailing the intelligence community’s incidental collection of communications involving associates of President Trump. The chairman declined to inform Democratic members of the existence of intelligence reports before briefing reporters and the president the day following his mysterious White House meeting. Monday’s disclosure raised more questions about Nunes’ actions last week and his committee’s ability to conduct an impartial investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Different Reactions from Democrats
The panel’s ranking Democratic member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA said that Nunes sought to provide political cover to the president, who falsely claimed that the Obama administration wiretapped his New York offices in advance of the 2016 election. Late Monday Schiff and other Democrats called for Nunes to recuse himself from any further oversight of the House inquiry.
Schiff said, “After much consideration, and in light of the chairman’s admission that he met with his source of information at the White House, I believe that the chairman should recuse himself from any other involvement in the Russia investigation.” Rep. Jackie Speir, D-CA, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, described Nunes’ actions “bizarre.” She said, “My fears have been validated. Through his bizarre and partisan actions over the last week, Chairman Nunes has demonstrated to the entire nation why he is unfit to lead our critical investigation into ties between President Trump’s administration and Moscow.”