Request Devin Nunes to Step Down as Chair of HIC; Adam Schiff to take Chairman Seat
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This week there has been conflict within the House Intelligence Committee investigating President-elect Trump and his campaign staff having contact with Russian officials and their attempts to affect the election results to favor Donald J. Trump over Hillary Rodham Clinton. Evidence has been found that this did occur, but the investigation continues.
On March 22, 2017 House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) briefed reporters on incidental communications involving Donald J. Trump. Nunes took this information to President Trump and conducted a solo press conference where he informed media that surveillance activities were used against President Trump." This followed the false statement made by Donald J. Trump via Twitter that he was wiretapped at Trump Tower by former President Obama. Devin Nunes did not share this information about surveillance activities against Donald J. Trump with the House Intelligence Committee, per protocol. It was reported that Nunes initially took this to House Speaker Paul Ryan who instructed him to take it to the president. It is not investigative protocol to exclude other members of the House Intelligence Committee on newly discovered evidence while taking it to media and to reveal this evidence to the subject of the investigation, Donald J. Trump!
Chairperson Devin Nunes has issued multiple solo press conferences over the last few days which were previously held with Rep. Adam Schiff, who was not briefed on this development before Nunes took it to President Trump and media.
We feel that this investigation is at high risk for compromise given Devin Nunes' actions. We request that Devin Nunes step down from the position of Chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee and that Rep. Adam Schiff be considered to take the position of Chairperson.
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