In the face of what appears to be a massive cover-up on the Trump-Russia investigation, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee called on Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation, CNN reported Monday afternoon.
Following a meeting of the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement:
“After much consideration, and in light of the Chairman’s admission that he met with his source of information at the White House, I believe that the Chairman should recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russia investigation, as well as any involvement in oversight of matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition, as he was also a key member of the transition team.”
The request marks a stunning split between Schiff and Nunes, who had worked closely on the House investigation into ties between top aides to the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.
It comes just hours after several news outlets reported that Nunes visited the White House grounds one day before going to the President with evidence that his transition aides’ communications were picked up in surveillance by US intelligence.
“This is not a recommendation I make lightly, as the chairman and I have worked together well for several years; and I take this step with the knowledge of the solemn responsibility we have on the Intelligence Committee to provide oversight on all intelligence matters, not just to conduct the investigation,” Schiff said Monday.
Nunes, meanwhile, defended his handling of the investigation as well as his relationship to the White House during an interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
“The Congress has not been given this information, these documents, and that’s the problem,” Nunes told ‘s Wolf Blitzer. “This is Executive Branch,” Nunes said, explaining why he went to the White House.