House Intel Chairman Tips White House on Investigation

Nunes Takes the "Independent" Out of Independent

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NY Times: “Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican who is chairman of a House panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, may have dealt his own inquiry a fatal blow on Wednesday.”

“Armed with intelligence that some Republicans said bolstered President Trump’s widely disputed claim of being wiretapped by the Obama administration, Mr. Nunes bypassed Democrats and went directly to the White House.”

“The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, issued a challenge, saying that Mr. Nunes had to decide whether he was chairman of an independent investigation or ‘is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both.’ ”

“Mr. Nunes apologized on Thursday to committee members for sharing new information with Mr. Trump and the news media before communicating with Mr. Schiff, according to two Democrats on the committee.”

“At the end of the day, sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the wrong one,” said Nunes.

Nunes, who served on Trump’s transition team, would neither confirm, nor deny that the new information came from the White House.

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