The top Democrat on the house intelligence committee, said on Monday that the Committee Chairman should recuse himself from any further participation in the investigation of possible relations between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s campaign.
In a statement, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said, he believed “the public the necessary confidence that matters in connection with the President’s campaign or transition team can objectively investigated or monitored [Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.].”
Ship-and-loss account was disclosed, according to Nunes’ spokesman, the Congressman met on the White house grounds with the source of the statement that the communication with President Donald Trump, the staff were caught up in the “random” monitoring.
“The President is extremely concerned about the possible improper exposure of names of U.S. citizens, and he was looking for in this matter even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that the Trump Tower listened to was,” Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said.
The meeting occurred in front of Nunes revealed at a press conference last week that U.S. intelligence services may be inadvertently captured by Trump and his staff in routine targeting foreigners’ communications. Trump attacked quickly on the statements, at least in part, a justification for his claim that President Barack Obama tapped his phones on the Trump-Tower — although Nunes, ship, and FBI Director James Comey said, there is no such evidence.
“Chairman Nunes met with his source in the White house grounds, the proximity to a safe place, where he said the information provided by the source,” Long.
Previously, Nunes would not say where he met his secret source. In an interview with Bloomberg View on Monday, Nunes, said the source was a White house staff and was an intelligence official.
In addition to the White house itself, the grounds of the executive mansion will include a building with offices for the National security Council and other employees of the Executive branch.
“Because of the classification rules, the source is not simply the documents in a backpack could be and you go over to the House Intelligence committee, space,” Long added. To reasons, “the White house, the best Position was to ensure that the proper chain of custody and the classification of these documents, the Chairman, could you in a legal way.”
It is unclear exactly what documents are checked Nunes. White House spokesman Sean Spicer would not comment on whether White house were officers involved with Nunes.
“I’m not going to get in, he met, or why he met with them,” said Spicer.
The bizarre revelations about the intelligence reports brought criticism from Democrats, especially those who sit on the Committee and work with him on an investigation in Russia, the interference in the election of 2016, campaign. This investigation is also looking into possible links between the trump staff and the Kremlin.
Nunes has repeatedly stated that intelligence reports were not in connection with Russia, which could suggest that Trump’s employees have been in contact with other foreign targets of U.S. intelligence surveillance in the November, December or January.
The house investigation in Russia of meddling in the 2016 presidential race, has been plagued with partisan divisions under Nunes’ leadership.
The Chairman does not ship to say about the meeting in the White house complex. It is very unusual for a Committee to coordinate the Chairman and ranking member sessions in connection with an investigation.
“I think the Chairman has to make a decision as to whether you will act as Deputy to the White house, as he was during the campaign and the transition, an independent and credible investigation,” the ship said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.
The re-disclosure calls for an independent Committee to investigate the Russia-relations.
In fact, the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called for the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., replace Nunes, as Chairman of the intelligence committee.
“He has not been in operation, how is someone who is interested in always the unvarnished truth. His actions look like that of someone who is interested in the protection of the President and his party,” Schumer said.
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said on Monday the speaker has “full confidence that the Chairman Nunes is a thorough, fair, and credible investigation.”
Nunes and ship have asked the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency for the names of the officials who were quoted in reports, in the intelligence. The Committee has said it will always has some of what he requested, but not received anything.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.