The top House and Senate Democratic leaders are calling on Speaker Paul D. Ryan to strip Rep. Devin Nunes of his House Intelligence Committee chairmanship amid charges he altered a classified memo after the panel voted to release it.
At issue is Nunes’ actions regarding a classified memo compiled by House Intelligence Committee Republicans alleging the bureau overstepped its authorities early in the Russia election meddling probe. House Intelligence ranking member Adam Schiff on Wednesday night alleged that the committee’s Nunes-led majority made “material changes” to the version the panel voted, along party lines, to make public before it was handed over to the White House for President Donald Trump’s pending final call on making it public.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer both said Thursday that Nunes’ alleged changes to the version the committee voted on disqualify him from continuing in the post.
“Chairman Nunes’ deliberately dishonest actions make him unfit to serve as Chairman, and he must be immediately removed from this position,” Pelosi wrote in a Thursday letter to Ryan. “House Republicans’ pattern of obstruction and cover-up to hide the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal represents a threat to our intelligence and our national security.
“It is long overdue that you, as speaker, put an end to this charade and hold Chairman Nunes and all Congressional Republicans accountable to the oath they have taken to support and defend the Constitution, and protect the American people.”
Schumer, in a statement, said it is “clear that Chairman Nunes will seemingly stop at nothing to undermine the rule of law and interfere with the Russia probe.”