Schiff: Nunes Has Left Intel Committee ‘In The Dark’ On Trump Claims

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters about the actions of Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., as the panel continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the possible link to President Donald Trump's campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on Sunday that House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has left the panel “in the dark” amid President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of surveillance.

“We can’t have a credible investigation if one of the members, indeed the chairman, takes all the information he has seen to the White House and doesn’t share it with his own committee,” Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I don’t think he’s shared it with anyone on the committee, so we’re all quite in the dark on this.”

Nunes on Wednesday bypassed his own committee to tell both the press and the White House that he had seen reports showing that information about President Donald Trump and his staffers was “incidentally collected” during the transition.

Schiff released a statement calling Nunes’ actions a “profound irregularity” and later told reporters that Nunes had acted like a “surrogate of the White House.”

On Friday, he charged Nunes with canceling an open hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election in an “attempt to choke off public info.”

“We, I think, suffered really two serious blows to the integrity of the investigation this week,” Schiff said on Sunday. “I think the chairman has to make a decision, whether to act as a surrogate of the White House as he did during the campaign and the transition, or to lead an independent and credible investigation. I hope he chooses the latter.”

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