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Dem. Rep. Cummings: Nunes should be subject of investigation

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On Thursday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., should be investigated for telling President 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,” he said.  “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,” he added.

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CNN added:

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.

However, Swalwell stopped short of calling for Nunes’ resignation from being the intelligence chairman.

“He’s had some very good days on this committee. Yesterday, so far, was his worst. So let’s not judge him by his best day or worst day,” the California congressman told Cuomo. “Let’s see what he does today when we meet in about an hour.”

One Democrat — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. — did call for Nunes to step down.

But, CNN added, at least two GOP representatives are standing by Nunes:

When asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” if he believed Nunes could lead “what’s supposed to be an independent investigation,” Rep. Jim Jordan said, “I do.”

“I think he simply shared with the commander in chief the fact that people in President Trump’s transition team had information that was gathered when they were working there in Trump Tower when they were accomplishing their goal of transitioning to our new government,” the Ohio Republican continued.

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, also came to the defense of the House intelligence chairman, calling him a man of “high integrity.”

Nunes, CNN said, apologized to committee members Thursday for informing the administration that members of the transition team were “unmasked” after the election.

H/T: Mark Levin

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