Schumer Calls on Ryan to Replace Nunes as Intel Chair

Posted March 28, 2017

The most recent news in the dumb story of Republican House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes' quest to legitimize Donald Trump's bogus "Obama wiretapped my apartment" claim is that Nunes met last Tuesday night with an "intelligence official" on "White House grounds" to discuss evidence related to the question of whether the US government surveilled Trump.

"Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source", said his spokesman, Jack Langer.

Nunes told CNN he had been working on nailing down the surveillance information before Trump's unsubstantiated claim earlier this month that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama.

The head of the House Intelligence Committee secretly went to the White House grounds to meet with a source, before he surprised his colleagues by briefing the president - and the press - on information they hadn't seen.

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Trump's mention of wiretapping drew attention away from US intelligence agencies having said that Russian Federation tried to help Trump in the election against Democrat Hillary Clinton by hacking leading Democrats and spreading disinformation. Why would Nunes need to brief the president on documents he viewed at a facility on White House grounds?

Nunes was asked if the information he shared came directly from the White House, which he would not confirm or deny, stressing that "we have to keep our sources and methods here very, very quiet".

Just two days after the hearing, Nunes made the surprising disclosure that an undisclosed number of Trump transition members - and possibly Trump himself - had been swept up in surveillance reports following the election in what the chairman described as incidental collection that appeared to be "legal" though perhaps inappropriate.

He wouldn't tell reporters who provided the intelligence reports and identified them only as people who had security clearances.

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It came a day after FBI Director James Comey told Nunes' panel that his agency was investigating possible "coordination" between Trump aides and Moscow.

The source of the intelligence reports cited by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has been a matter of increasing speculation, as 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.

"Representative Nunes must immediately resign from the House Intelligence Committee chairmanship", said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, said that, to his knowledge, no one else on the panel saw the intelligence reports his fellow Californian alluded to - an oversight Nunes later apologized for.

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Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria for spreading the fake story a year ago that linked the restaurant to Hillary Clinton's campaign and human trafficking. Nunes told me that he expects that his committee's members, including Democrats, will be able to read these documents themselves at secure locations outside of Congress as soon as this week. The first is of course a probe into how the Russian state meddled in the election and whether it did so with the aid of Mr. Trump's associates or campaign. And does that mean that the White House was a part of this?