Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Lawmaker: House Intelligence Committee Is 'Absolute Poison'

Lawmaker: House Intelligence Committee Is 'Absolute Poison'

"I'm not part of that decision", Rep. Mike Conaway told CBS.

Another Republican member who spoke with CBS suggested the idea may have been spurred on by House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

"I swear to God I didn't know that", Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) said. "You've got to talk to Devin".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attempted to bring up a "privileged resolution" criticizing the Nunes memo release, but it was ruled out of order in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. In fact, its politics were Republican before they were Democratic, as Thiessen well knows.

"The level of trust and the level of everything down there is - it's poison", he added.

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While other House committees divide aides from the two parties, CBS News notes that House Intel is supposed operate with a more bipartisan spirit than the others. Though Nunes said he would recuse himself from the committee's examination of the alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives until the ethics committee closed its investigation in December, he continued to do the administration's bidding over that time.

A spokesman for Nunes did not respond to a request for comment on Rooney's characterization of the committee.

This memo shows that the current Republican politicians are more interested in rooting out Democrats in the Federal Bureau of Investigation than finding out if there are Russian agents in the White House.

Moreover, Democrats have argued that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did, in fact, give the court enough information about the origins of the Steele dossier, and that even if it didn't, it did not need to do so.

Nunes also made headlines in March when he held a much-hyped news conference claiming he was rushing to meet with Trump to tell him Trump transition members were caught up in surveillance of foreign nationals. Only later did it emerge that his source was actually someone he met with at the White House.

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