GOP Rep. Says Nunes Should ‘Clear Things Up’ About His Coziness With WH

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) on Tuesday said that House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) should “clear things up” when it comes to questions about Nunes’ ability to remain impartial while leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“I do believe Devin Nunes does need to clear things up,” Collins said on MSNBC. “The controversy right now is not good and I certainly acknowledge that.”

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ) criticized Nunes for bringing his own credibility into question with regard to the probe, and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) on Tuesday joined Democratic lawmakers in calling for Nunes to recuse himself.

Those calls came after Nunes on Monday confirmed to CNN that he visited White House grounds to meet with a secret source a day before he alleged that communications of members of President Donald Trump’s transition were incidentally picked up by U.S. intelligence.

“As a fellow member, I will leave it up to him to do the right thing and I’m sure he will,” Collins said.

Asked what that might mean for Nunes, Collins said: “That’s for him to decide.”

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