Amid the aggregate Left’s demand for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia probe (for discovering facts about Trump being “inadvertently” spied upon by his own intelligence agencies), The Hill reports that the Committee has canceled all its meetings for the week.
The full committee meetings were canceled amid an increasingly tense back-and-forth that intensified over Chairman Devin Nunes’ decision to cancel a public hearing set for Tuesday, two sources on the committee told CNN.
Democrats believe he is too close to the White House to lead a thorough investigation into Russia — including ties between the Trump camp and Russian officials — an assertion firmly rejected by the GOP.
Lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), called on Nunes to step aside from the investigation after the chairman said he visited White House grounds to view classified intelligence one day before briefing President Trump last week.
“I don’t think he can just recuse himself and still chair the committee,” Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat on the panel, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Tuesday on “New Day.” “I think that the writing is on the wall. It might make a good spy novel. It doesn’t make a good investigation.”
The decision to scrap this week’s meetings shows that the panel is facing serious turmoil and questions about whether it can proceed.
Finally, we note that The Hill reports that Nunes’ communications director said Monday evening that the chairman will not recuse himself, saying lawmakers asking him to do so “are playing an absurd political game.”