A leading Democratic member of Congress just called out the House Intelligence Committee chair for compromising a federal investigation.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), who represents parts of Los Angeles, said his colleague, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) acted inappropriately and potentially jeopardized the credibility of an ongoing investigation when he met with President Trump on Wednesday to brief him about the details on surveillance of the Trump transition team between November and January. According to Schiff, those reports were not shared with other members of the committee.
Tim Mak of the Daily Beast tweeted a statement Rep. Schiff’s office sent out on Wednesday evening, which didn’t hold back on condemnation of Rep. Nunes’ actions:
FULL SCHIFF STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/pWe9otRwPj
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) March 22, 2017
“I have expressed my grave concerns with the Chairman that a credible investigation cannot be conducted this way,” Rep. Schiff stated. “Because the committee has still not been provided the intercepts in the possession of the Chairman, it is impossible to evaluate the Chairman’s claims.”
“It certainly does not suggest — in any way — that the President was wiretapped by his predecessor,” Schiff added, casting doubt on claims that Rep. Nunes’ findings validated Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.