California Republican Chairman Devin Nunes’ behavior has been concerning the House Intelligence Committee. Most notably, Representative Jim Himes (R-Conn.) stated during an interview with The Hill that his behavior has been “aggressive” and “unusual.” Later, on CNN’s “New Day,” Himes attempted to clarify what he meant when he stated:
“A lot of us have a lot of history with Chairman Nunes and consider him a friend, but until we really get read into whatever drove last week’s behavior, it’s really hard for us, along with the rest of the American public, not to make some assumptions about what is driving this very strange behavior.”
The behavior? Nunes stalled the committee’s function while he was looking into incidental surveillance of Trump’s transition team last week. Himes continued with the interview by saying that the panel was “completely frozen,” there has been “no communication,” and that Nunes had canceled all ordinary business meetings of the committee without explanation.
Nunes gained media attention and scrutiny when he revealed that he had seen evidence of incidental surveillance of Trump’s transition team before Trump took office. He also disclosed that he met with his unidentified source on White House grounds before announcing what he saw.
Nunes fails to realize that when you tell your own panel that you “will never reveal those sources and methods,” to them, it won’t exactly make your colleagues view you as trustworthy. Because of that, Democrats have urged Nunes to recuse himself from the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling during the election.
A recusal is when someone removes themselves from a case because of a possible conflict or lack of impartiality when it comes to the subject of a specific investigation. Nunes’ recent actions with Trump and the White House makes this the only feasible option if he wants to continue to work in the government.
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