"The problem with this whole committee and the investigation itself", House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL) told the Post, arguing "in a normal world", the committee would have interviewed permanent witnesses to their surveillance concerns.
Congressional Republicans want to build a wall separating GOP and Democratic staffers on Capitol Hill, a new report says. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes insisted on releasing it without these reviews.
Furthermore, Nunes's "online magazine" didn't do much of anything to take advantage of his moment in the misleading-memo-sun a week ago, or offer any real insight from the congressman or his inner circle when it mattered most.
"I swear to God I didn't know that", Rooney said.
Bipartisanship "is gone. It's gone from that committee", Rooney told CBS.
"The level of trust and the level of everything down there is - it's poison", he added. The site is better described as a conservative content farm, as it only publishes heavily aggregated news and commentary from other publications, with the resulting posts occasionally used as fodder for shares on Nunes's mailed-in Facebook page.
Democrats have accused Republicans of throwing a wrench into the process to protect President Trump and his top aides.
The committee has not interviewed a witness since January 18 when former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski cut his interview short. That memo awaits review by President Donald Trump, who can either redact all or portions of the text, or allow the full document to be released.
"We think it's very political how about they attack myself, they attack Chairman [Trey] Gowdy, they turn Carter Page into some super-secret Russian spy, they talk about how Christopher Steele is a really, really good source when we know that he lied to the FBI", Mr. Nunes said. He announced he would recuse himself from that investigation previous year, and his work on the committee culminated recently in a dispute over a GOP memo he spearheaded alleging FBI surveillance abuses. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted to review it for classified information before its release.
He attributed the information to a source.