Former Congressman Joe Scarborough — now the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe — thinks Rep. Devin Nunes should no longer head the House Intelligence Committee.
Scarborough, a moderate Republican who served as the Congressman for Florida’s 1st Congressional District between 1995 and 2001, tweeted on Wednesday evening that Rep. Nunes (R-California) should lose his position as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for sharing intelligence with President Trump prior to sharing it with members of his committee:
If the Republican Party wants to do what is best for this country and its national security, they will remove Devin Nunes as Intel Chairman.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 22, 2017
Rep. Nunes is under fire for briefing President Trump on Wednesday on the details of surveillance gathered on his presidential transition team in between his election and his inauguration. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), who is the ranking member of the committee, said in a public statement that Rep. Nunes’ meeting with Trump compromised the credibility of an ongoing investigation, as the details of the intelligence gathered was initilly withheld from other members of the committee.
The New York Times reported that Trump felt “somewhat” vindicated by the information Rep. Nunes shared with him, claiming that it confirmed his as-yet unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his residence at Trump Tower during the election. Its worth noting that the heads of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) both testified to Congress earlier this week that they had no evidence showing that Trump Tower was wiretapped.
“I have seen nothing on the NSA side that we engaged in any such activity nor that anyone ever asked us to engage in such activity,” Adm. Mike Rogers — head of the NSA — told the House Intelligence Committee.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.