McCain: Nunes Needs To Disclose His Source To The American People

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The claims by House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that he has secret source with whom he met at the White House complex last week continue to confuse and frustrate his fellow lawmakers in both parties and both chambers of Congress.

On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that while calls for Nunes’ recusal from the ongoing investigation is “a decision the House should make,” he told reporters: “We should know the sources and we should know the information.”

Asked who “we” refers to, McCain answered: “The entire nation.”

Nunes has claimed that his secret source provided him with intelligence reports that allegedly show Trump transition team members were incidentally caught up in legal U.S. surveillance of foreign targets.

McCain had previously said that Nunes’ behavior—especially racing to brief Trump but not his fellow Intelligence Committee members with alleged evidence of the incidental collection—exposed the need for Congress to set up a select committee to handle the investigation.

“No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don’t say that lightly,” McCain told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren last week.

He added in an interview with CBS: “Obviously, on a committee like an intelligence committee, you’ve got to have bipartisanship; otherwise, the committee loses credibility. And there’s so much out there that needs to be explained by the chairman.”


Alice Ollstein is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been reporting in DC ever since, covering the Supreme Court, Congress and national elections for TV, radio, print, and online outlets. Her work has aired on Free Speech Radio News, All Things Considered, Channel News Asia, and Telesur, and her writing has been published by The Atlantic, La Opinión, and The Hill Rag. She was elected in 2016 as an at-large board member of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Alice grew up in Santa Monica, California and began working for local newspapers in her early teens.