The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee [score]Devin Nunes[/score] (R-CA) found that Donald Trump indeed had been under surveillance, albeit in a ‘legal’ way, and Trump likely wasn’t the target.
But, he was still under surveillance, incidentally or not.
This revelation made Democrats angry, because the FBI Director James Comey had already testified that there was no evidence supporting the President’s tweets regarding his being ‘wiretapped’ by the Obama administration.
The Democrats’ narrative is now that they’re angry that the House Intelligence Committee chairman went straight to the White House to relay the information to them before he notified the committee members themselves.
Now, Democrats are calling for his resignation and saying that he also needs to be investigated. From CNN:
Pelosi said Nunes was either duped or a “willing stooge” who’s committed a stunt. “I don’t know if that was a cry for help, or ‘let me out of here,’ or whatever that was, but it was highly unusual,” she said a a news conference. “Outside the accepted behavior of a chairman of an intelligence or any committee.”
The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee said Nunes should be the subject of an investigation after telling Trump that communications of him and associates may have been picked up after the election by intelligence agencies conducting surveillance of foreign targets.
“Basically what he has done is he has scuttled and put a cloud over his own investigation and he has become the subject — he should be — of an investigation,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday on “New Day.” “It’s a real problem.”
“What he did was basically to go to the President, who is being investigated by the FBI and others and by the intelligence committee, to give them information.”
Nunes’ Democratic counterpart on the committee — Rep. Adam Schiff — warned that his colleague had cast a “profound cloud” over their effort to investigate Russian attempts to interfere in the election.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, who is also a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Nunes’ actions show that an independent commission is needed to investigate Trump and his associates.
“He’s not the President’s lawyer and he betrayed the independence that our committee must show at such a trying time in our nation’s history,” the California congressman told Cuomo. “And this is all the more reason that we need an independent commission to get to the bottom of this.”
“This cannot be conducted in Congress in the impartial, independent way that the American people are expecting.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 23, 2017
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