Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed Tuesday morning that the committee’s chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has cancelled all of the committee’s meetings this week.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough said that a spokesperson for a member of the committee told MSNBC that Nunes had cancelled all of the meetings for this week.
“I can confirm that for you,” Himes said in response. He said that a Monday night meeting, a public hearing set for Tuesday, and a Thursday meeting were all cancelled.
“Not only has this investigation sort of had a shadow cast on it, but the committee’s been put into suspended animation,” Himes said.
CNN also reported that all House Intelligence Committee meetings scheduled for this week had been cancelled.
The meeting cancellations come as Nunes has continued to defend and explain his decision last week to allege publicly that information about President Donald Trump and his associates was incidentally collected by the intelligence community. He acknowledged on Monday that he reviewed this information on White House grounds and said he needed to do so at the executive branch because Congress did not have access to the report.